More than 85% of respondents to a survey by Age UK and the College of Social Work said that care for vulnerable older people has been suffering because of funding cuts. This survey of 200 social workers suggests that the impact of cuts during the past year has grown.
In addition to concerns about the dignity of older clients, 70% of respondents indicated their lack of confidence that local authority-funded older clients received the right level of social care. This seems to impact on hospital admissions. 65% of the social workers said there had been a rise in emergency re-admissions among older people over the past year.
Adult social care suffering under cuts, survey suggests. London: BBC Health News, December 2nd 2012.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].