Age UK campaign report: “Why Call it Care, When Nobody Cares?”

Over 1.2 million people aged 65 and over don’t receive all the care and support they need.

This is from the March 2018 campaign report (pdf), published by Age UK.

The campaign report is based on interviews with 127 older people and their families across the country.

The report finds:

  • Too many professional carers just don’t have the time, skills or resources to deliver quality care
  • When you do get care it too often isn’t very good
  • The cost of social care is crippling families and older people financially
  • Everyone’s trying their best to care for a loved one but they’re often at breaking point
  • Working out what to do and navigating the system is a nightmare when trying to arrange care for yourself or a loved one.

The report recommends:

  • The responsibility needs to be shared across society
  • Ring-fenced funding is important to older people and care users
  • As a society we need to establish what is reasonable for families to do and the help they’ll get to support them.

Read the full campaign report (pdf).