IPPR thinktank estimates 2 million aged over 65 in UK will lack informal care from adult offspring by 2030
Within four years 800,000 people in the UK may need care, and 20,000 will have no family to help, says the IPPR. Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian
The scale of the gathering social care crisis has been underlined by new figures showing the number of older people is expected to outstrip the number of family members able to provide informal care for them for the first time in 2017.
Within four years, it is predicted, 800,000 people may be in need of care, including 20,000 with no family to care for them, according to a report by the centre-left thinktank the IPPR.
By 2030 there will be 2 million people aged over 65 without adult children to look after them, up from 1.2 million in 2012, and about 230,000 of them will be in need of more than 20 hours’ care a week and will have no informal support.
The average annual cost for an older person who pays for 10 hours of home care and receives five meals on wheels a week has increased to £7,900 a year – up almost £740 since 2009-10 – and nursing homes now cost an average of £36,000.
The report will accelerate private discussions under way in the Labour party about how it can integrate social care and health services, and whether this will require any kind of earmarked extra spending.
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Britain has just one carer per 100 pensioners – a smaller proportion than anywhere else in the developed world, figures show.
According to an international survey, Ireland has three times as many carers per 100 pensioners. The U.S. has five times as many and Sweden has 12 times as many.
The figures, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which represents industrialised nations, help explain the poor quality of care in many of our residential homes, as well as the appalling standards of home-help services, which last month were described as an affront to the human rights of the elderly.
The number of personal carers – including those working in residential homes and home helps – has almost halved since the late 1990s.
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The operator of a residential hospital has apologised unreservedly and suspended a number of staff following allegations that carers routinely abused vulnerable adults with learning difficulties.
Police have also launched a probe and arrested four people after undercover footage of the apparent misconduct at Winterbourne View, in Bristol, was recorded by investigators from BBC’s Panorama programme.
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