However, most local authorities are tightly rationing social care for the over-65s in response to budget cuts, resulting in significant drops in the number of people receiving services like home-delivered meals and day care.
older people’s social care has experienced a 15% cut in real terms
The report: Focus On: Social care for older people (March 2014), looks to assess the impact of social care cuts on older people and their carers.
The authors warn that the NHS and Government are currently ‘flying blind’ in planning services for vulnerable older people, because there is no comprehensive way to quantify the impact that social care cuts are having on their health and wellbeing.
The findings reinforce this month’s National Audit Office report into the state of adult social care, and finds that older people’s social care has experienced a 15% cut in real terms since the Governments deficit reduction programme started in 2010.
The report comes as the Care Bill, currently working its way through Parliament, promises a radical shakeup of social care funding from 2016; and was launched on the day that the Public Accounts Committee questioned senior officers and experts on adult social care.