The Care and Support Alliance (CSA), a coalition of over 75 charities including Age UK, is warning the Government that the sweeping reforms of the care system that will come into effect in April next year will leave more than 300,000 older and vulnerable people without basic support for daily living activities. The CSA says that an effective and preventative care system is the only way to ease the crisis facing health and social care provision in the UK.
The CSA suggests that the care system is in crisis with demand increasing but fewer people getting support. It argues that chronic underfunding of the care system is increasingly forcing councils to ration access to care to only those with priority needs. Research by the London School of Economics reveals that 340,000 people who struggle to live on their own will be locked out of the new care system, reports Age UK.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, commented: “The care system is in a desperate place with funding failing to keep pace with rising demand. As a result, care is now restricted to only those in the greatest need. The situation is bleak for those older people who need help with everyday tasks. They are being denied their dignity and peace of mind when they are most vulnerable but, without help, could well end up in hospital. Everyday there is another horror story of an older person failed by the system and sadly things will not improve until the social care funding gap is filled.”