Social care for older people: Home truths

The King’s Fund | Published online: 15th September 2016

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This report, published jointly with the Nuffield Trust, looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England, through a combination of national data and interviews with local authorities, NHS and private providers, Healthwatch and other groups. It considers the impact of cuts in local authority spending on social care providers and on older people, their families and carers. Alongside this work, we were commissioned by the Richmond Group of Charities to interview older people about their experiences of social care.

The picture that emerges is of social care providers under pressure, struggling to retain staff, maintain quality and stay in business; local authorities making unenviable choices about where to make reductions; a complex set of causes of delays in discharging older people from hospital; and the voluntary sector keeping services going even when funding was curtailed.

Read the full report here


Related media:

The King’s Fund breakfast seminar discussed the pressures facing social care services and the resulting impact on the NHS. At the event they launched a new report from The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust investigating the impact of public spending reductions on social care services over the last five years.

Listen to presentations from this event:

Rob Webster, Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association


 

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