Care system “visibly failing” and “unfit for purpose”

Over one in seven (16 per cent) of people with continuing healthcare needs have had care packages reduced, even though their needs have increased or stayed the same.

According to a survey by the Care and Support Alliance this reveals the “damning reality of a care system that is visibly failing and unfit for purpose”. 

In the survey of of nearly 4,000 people who need care or who look after someone who does one in eight respondents said they were delayed leaving hospital because of not being able to get the care they need.

Other findings include that due to insufficient home care:

  • One in five felt unsafe moving around their own home, and four in 10 were unable to leave their homes
  • Over a quarter have been unable to maintain basics like washing, dressing, visiting the toilet.

Sally Copley, director of policy and campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, commented:

“Once again, the disturbing findings of this investigation confirm that decades of squeezed Government funding has a human price. Seven in 10 people in care homes, and almost two-thirds of people who get home care have dementia – the deepening social care crisis is a dementia crisis.

“With one person developing dementia every three minutes in the UK, we need the Government’s focus on creating a social care system capable of looking after every single person with dementia who needs it, now and in the future.”


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