Social care cuts leaving older people stranded
- 07 Jul
Funding cuts are leaving over a million older people stranded, as they struggle to cope with basic tasks, a charity has found.
Age UK is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to put an end to cuts to social care funding due to the increasing rate the older population is growing, reports the Yorkshire Post.
Age UK has conducted a survey that has found the risk of heart failure in older people over the age of 65 can be halved by an active and healthier lifestyle. The said that 100,00 more people are facing issues with completing basic tasks compared to last year, and this is having a knock on effect on the NHS.
It also added that spending on social care services for older people has plummeted by a third from funding in 2005/06.
Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said: “These new figures mean that for the first time in this country, more than a million older people with a social care need are being left to cope on their own. Not only are they without help from the social care system, they are also not getting it from family, friends or neighbours either.”
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