Older people in need of care will soon be higher than relatives available to help
- 24 Apr
An estimation by IPPR thinktank shows 2 million people aged over 65 in the UK will lack informal care from adult offspring by 2030.
It is predicted that within four years 800,000 people may be in need of care with 20,000 having no family to care for them. By 2030 there will be 2 million people aged over 65 without adult children to look after them which has increased from 1.2m in 20102.
The report suggests that by 2030 230,000 older people in England who need over 20 hours of care a week will be left without any family able to assist them. It also suggests that the number of people aged 65 and over without children to care for them will double by the end of the next decade, reports the Guardian.
It is also suggested within the reports that older people will be under pressure to act as providers of care to their spouses and partners, with some analysis suggesting that care will have to be increased by 90% over the next fifteen years.
Clare McNeil, the report's author, says: "The supply of unpaid care to older people with support needs by their adult children will not keep pace with future demand. Thousands of people in their 60s and 70s today could be left to cope on their own when they need care in the future, with overstretched services unable to make up the shortfall. Britain needs to build new community institutions capable of sustaining us through the changes ahead and to adapt the social structures already in place, such as family and care, public services, the workplace and neighbourhoods."
The BBC says the report suggests:
• widen the use of "neighbourhood networks", highlighting those run in Leeds by older people and offering activities to reduce social isolation as well as providing care and support
• invest in strengthening community groups in areas with the "weakest record for community-based care"
• follow international examples, highlighting initiatives in Germany, Australia and Japan's 10-year nationwide campaign "to train one million dementia supporters"
• house public services for different age groups, such as childcare and care for the elderly, together in the same buildings as is done in Germany
• strengthen employment rights for carers
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