It was reported in the Sunday Times this week that Local Authorities are tightening their budget on the amount of money available for adult Social Care. Consequently, a lot of care facilities are being forced to close through lack of money and new Care and Retirement Homes are not being built.
According to a report by the Care Quality Commission, the number of Care Homes in England fell from 18,068 in 2010 to 16,614 in July 2016. With the number of older people increasing, we are going to need more Care facilities in the future, so this paints a very grave picture.
Age UK, estimates that one million older people who are unable to feed, bathe or dress themselves are receiving no care whatsoever. Many of the worst cases end up on Emergency Wards in Hospital, which is far from ideal and, with the Winter Season upon us, the situation will only get worse.
Some of the problems have been blamed on the Government increasing the National Minimum Wage which means that employment costs have risen significantly. Other causes are the increase in building materials and overheads making the building of affordable care facilities out of the question.
Where previously a large proportion of older people would have been cared for within family networks, roles, families and society have changed making this no longer possible for many older people.
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