Numbers of elderly people over 85 are set to double in the UK by 2035, increasing by 1.5 million. More complex care needs with increase as a result. The number of over-85s requiring help throughout the day with tasks such as dressing, bathing and going to the toilet is estimated to double to 446,000 by 2035. By the same time, it is predicted that a million over 65s will need similar 24-hour care.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said:-

“The problem is that today there are far too few really effective joined-up services, and social care is in sharp decline,” she said.

“The government’s top priority must be to steady the ship and then produce a great set of proposals later this year to give our older population confidence they can get the help they need.”