Fresh evidence published by Age UK and the Alzheimer's Society has criticised the quality of social care and the way it is rationed for older people living in the community, according to BBC News.
The research shows that:
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, stated that she was ‘extremely worried’ about the ‘shameful’ state of the care system.
Commenting on the evidence published by the two charities, Lucie Prothero, an associate in the clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches who specialises in elderly care, said: “These findings are alarming, but sadly, not surprising. It is widely reported that the UK population is ageing and yet social care funding is being rationed to the extent that vulnerable older people are being put at risk.
“We are dealing with an increasing number of cases and enquiries relating to poor standards of elderly care, either in the community setting or in hospitals. For instance, we often act for elderly people where they have suffered falls in their homes, which can in many cases have devastating consequences – such as disabling hip fractures, brain injury and even death. We also deal with cases of malnourishment and the development of avoidable pressure sores, which can cause an immense amount of pain.
“In many instances, the problems appear to have stemmed from an inadequate level of support in the home. These events can result in hospital admissions that would otherwise have been avoided, placing additional strain on our over-stretched A&E departments. We then see complaints regarding poor standards of medical and nursing care once the older patient is admitted to hospital, often leading to a downward spiral in the person’s health and preventing a return to their homes. It is clear from our experience of dealing with elderly care claims that the health and social care services are in need of additional and appropriately-targeted funding in order to protect the vulnerable.”