Over half of UK adults want more options for later life care and additional financial support for care costs, according to new research.
The Audley Villages survey found that 59% of over 55s want to see more options for those needing care with 60% wanting more financial support.
Additionally, 42% of adults said there should be more care services available to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, increasing to half (50%) of the over 55s.
More than a third (34%) of over 55s said they would do anything not to move into a care home.
Three-fifths (62%) of over 55s said they would prefer to stay at home and not to move if they need care.
Two-fifths (42%) of UK adults said there need to be more housing with care options, increasing to almost half (47%) of over 55s.
A third (34%) think the Government needs to support more active recruitment of carers in the UK.
The survey came after MPs from four parties last week used the first ever Parliamentary debate on housing-with-care to urge the Government to move ahead with ARCO’s proposal for a cross-department housing-with-care task force – leading to the Government confirming that this task force is now under consideration.
Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Villages, (pictured) commented: “Time and time again the UK Government has missed the opportunity to reform the broken social care system, and now people are desperate for change.
“Residential care should be a last resort for people as they get older, rather than feeling like it’s the only option available. The focus needs to be on providing more appropriate housing options for older people, so that they can retain independence and remain in their own home as they age, while being able to access care and wellbeing services. This will keep people healthier and happier for longer and take the pressure off overstretched care services.”
The poll findings follow growing calls from care home leaders for the government to deliver on its promise of social care reform.
Press reports last week said the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Health & Social Care back funding social care reform though taxation.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the Tories should honour their election manifesto commitments to freeze income tax, national insurance and value added tax.