By Ryan Terris
The number of elderly in England will outnumber the number of carers able to look after them by 2017, according to a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
The report goes on to say that the current services that provide care for the elderly, which currently take up two-thirds of the health service’s resources, is facing a funding crisis. It goes on to say that adult children will have to devote more of their own time to looking after their relatives and may have to give up their jobs to do so.
The number of elderly residents over the age of 65 with no one children near-by to look after them is estimated to rise as high as two million by the 2030.
The report has given four recommendations to help improve the situation:
- New neighbourhood networks to help older people to stay active and healthy, help busy families balance work and care and reduce pressures on the NHS and social care.
- Care coordinators providing a single local point of contact for all but the most complex cases of care.
- The option of a shared budget to enable those using community care to arrange this collectively.
- Stronger employment rights for those caring for people who need more than 20 hours of care a week, to make it easier for family members to combine work and care.