Ipsos MORI, in association with the NIHR School for Social Care Research, Age UK, NatCen Social Research and Independent Age, have produced a report exploring the nature and extent of “unmet needs” for social care among older persons living in their own homes.
This research involved analysis of survey data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and Health Survey for England (HSE), and found that probably over half of older people with social care needs have unmet needs. This is true of both people eligible for local authority support and for self-funders. People living alone appear to be particularly vulnerable.
New report finds that unmet needs in social care among older people are widespread. Press Release. [Online]: Ipsos MORI, July 20th 2017.
This relates to:
Unmet Need For Care. Final Report. Independent research funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. London: Ipsos MORI; NIHR School for Social Care Research; NatCen Social Research; Age UK; [and] Independent Age, July 2017.
There is also an Executive Summary.
The main section headings comprise:
- Setting the scene: participants’ care needs and support received.
- Identifying types of needs.
- Support received.
- Onset and development of care needs.
- Local authority contribution towards care costs or adaptations.
- The hidden nature of unmet needs.
- Reluctance to admit to having unmet needs.
- What types of needs go unmet?
- Even when needs are met, in full or in part, sources of support were often precarious.
- The changing boundaries between met and unmet needs.
- Why are some needs unmet?.
- Lack of planning ahead.
- Not wanting to be a burden.
- The costs, affordability, and willingness to pay for care and support.
- Interactions with Local Authorities.
- Some needs can’t be met.
- Lack of bespoke information and advice.
- Difficulty accessing sources of information and advice.
- Resilience, identity and independence.
- Lack of confidence.
- Reduced mobility and limited access to public transport.
- The impact of unmet needs.
- Links with mental health.
- Links with well-being.
- Social contact and well-being.
- Impact on health and dignity.
- How care needs develop and how they are met.
- The extent of unmet need and hidden unmet need.
- The precarious nature of support and the transition from needs being met to unmet and vice versa.
- Predictors of unmet need.
- Resilience, coping and identity.
- Social isolation.
- Unmet needs and well-being.
The Failing Safety Net. London: Age UK, September 2018.