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Vulnerable Elderly People Not Receiving Help With Basic Care

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people are not receiving the help they need to get out of bed, dress or eat, according to a new report.

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A study from Age UK found a substantial drop in the number of people receiving essential social care, which has left many fending for themselves.

Recently the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, has said that continued underfunding of social care is making it impossible for councils to fulfil their legal duties as set out in the Care Act.

The Care Act is important legislation that sets out how councils should ensure vulnerable and disabled people receive the care and support they want and need.

It is the criteria and the principles underpinning the Act, particularly the principle of wellbeing, which set out councils’ legal duties and should enable them to recognise eligible needs and ensure those with high care needs get the appropriate care and support, often with important day to day tasks.



The Age UK review looked at existing data and concluded there were nearly 1.2 million people who were not now getting the care they need - a rise of 48 per cent since 2010. Among the findings, 487,400 receive care but not enough help to cover their needs. 696,500 do not receive any help at all; 53,000 of those struggle with at least three daily tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.

A report by King's Fund and Nuffield Trust in September revealed older people requiring care are being left in need, with many older and vulnerable patients receiving rushed care visits.

Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s pledge of action on social care has prompted hope that Budget announcements in early March will see councils receive the funding they need to comply with essential legal duties to older, disabled and vulnerable people.


Liz Perry is a court of protection lawyer at Slater and Gordon UK, specialising in disability rights, mental capacity law, community care and other human rights issues.

For a consultation with a human rights solicitor, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.

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