There should be more transparent information on waiting times, better support for the care workforce and increased funding, Age Scotland has said, after finding that 43 per cent of older people in need do not receive timely care.
In a survey, the association finds that 14,200 people are assessed as having care needs that are classed as critical or substantial but that two in five of these people do not receive the services they required within the six week period outlined in the National Eligibility Criteria.
Proving care in a hospital can cost £234 a day or £1638 a week, compared to £253 per week for personal and nursing care, Age Scotland has said. Costs are set to increase in line with a projected 50 per cent increase in the number of people living with dementia over the next 20 years, to over 120,000, and the welcome introduction of ‘Frank’s Law’ in April 2019, which introduces free personal care for under-65s.
‘Frank’s Law’ was named after Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, who died from early onset dementia ri