The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has estimated that the number of older people in England needing care will outstrip the supply of family members able to provide unpaid care by 2017. The IPPR further estimates that by 2030 there could be more than two million people aged 65 and over without children living nearby to provide the necessary care.
The IPPR has recommended building new community institutions to cope with rising unmet demand. Neighbourhood networks are likely to be required to handle the care for older people.
Elderly care demand to ‘outstrip’ family supply. London: BBC Health News, April 24th 2014.
The IPPR report presents four major recommendations for health and social care.
- Neighbourhood networks: to help older people stay active and healthy; and to allow families balance work and care while reducing pressures on the NHS and social care.
- Care coordinators: to provide a single local point of contact, and to replace the “case management” currently provided by adult social services by 2020 (for all except the most complex cases).
- Optional shared budgets: to enable people using community care to arrange this care collectively (i.e. co-production).
- Stronger employment rights for carers: people caring for more than 20 hours per week should be helped to combine work and care.
“Investing in strengthening community networks across the country now would be a relatively small but sound investment in the future”.
The generation strain: [Press Release to] Collective solutions to care in an ageing society. London: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), April 2014.
This relates to:
McNeil, C. Hunter, J. (2014). The generation strain: collective solutions to care in an ageing society. London: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), April 2014.