Up to 75,000 vulnerable persons are in need of assistance as a result of the social care crisis.
THE SOCIAL CARE INDUSTRY is dealing with a “avalanche of need,” with up to 75,000 vulnerable people in serious need of assistance.
According to chiefs of local government social services departments, about 7,000 elderly or disabled persons have been waiting more than six months for critical assessments. Meanwhile, 160,000 people haven’t had their care package reviewed in a year. As services crumble under the weight of the pandemic, councils declare the numbers are “unprecedented.” Local governments are being compelled to plan for £600 million in cuts in social services spending this year, despite the worsening delays.
The numbers are from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ annual budget study of local government social services in England (ADASS).
Almost 55,000 disabled or elderly persons, as well as their carers, are awaiting an assessment of their needs, while over 19,000 people who have been tested and confirmed qualified are awaiting a service or a direct payment to organize their own care and support.
“Many directors are stating they have never seen such an avalanche of need,” ADASS president Stephen Chandler said. During the epidemic, tens of thousands of people have lost their freedom, experienced new suffering, or seen existing care and support systems fail.”
Three percent of directors indicated their greatest concern was for retirees.
People of working age were cited as the source of the greatest concern by 40% of those polled, while both were cited by 54% of those polled. The Government’s manifesto commitment to reforming social care, on the other hand, concentrates on the elderly.
“While assistance needs have increased, access to crucial care is harder than ever to come by,” said Edel Harris, chief executive of learning disability charity Mencap.
“It’s outrageous that carers are being driven to the edge of collapse,” Carers UK’s Helen Walker said.
This new report raises serious concerns. Prior to the coronavirus, local governments were already having trouble fulfilling targets and ensuring that individuals in need received proper care and support.
Regrettably, the pandemic has just rammed a juggernaut through an already dysfunctional system, exacerbating the problem.
We regularly hear at Age UK how depressing and terrifying it may be to struggle alone in later life. Some older individuals are fortunate enough to have a companion or partner who can help them, but the majority do not.
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