Over-80s abandoned by care system, says charity

PEOPLE over 80 who struggle with daily tasks such as washing and getting dressed are being “abandoned” by the care system, with one in three struggling with essential tasks and more than half of those with substantial difficulties receiving no help at all, a charity has warned.

Age UK says there are 926,000 over-80s who need help with at least one Activity of Daily Living (ADL) – simple and essential everyday tasks such as eating, getting out of bed and going to the bathroom.

Of these, 53% get no assistance at all and, of those who do get help, 70% said it does not fully meet their needs.

The charity said 794,000 people are therefore receiving inadequate support – or no support at all.

Of the 260,000 people over 80 who need help with three or more ADLs, a third get no help and another 56% have unmet needs due to not getting enough support.

Margaret Willcox, president of the Associaiton of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said the report is “further evidence of social care at crisis point”.

"The next Government needs to make social care a national priority to provide dignified and respectful care to elderly and disabled people who are living longer and with increasingly complex needs,” she added.

"However, extra funding alone isn't the only solution to improving social care. The new Government will need to support a recruitment campaign to help train and retain staff to better support dedicated carers who are doing a fantastic job in challenging circumstances.

"This will further help to ensure that current and future generations can receive the care they need and deserve."


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