24 Apr 2014
Anchor's Mario Ambrosi, Head of Public Affairs has commented on findings in a report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warning that the number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017.
The report estimates that by 2030 there will be more than two million people aged 65 and over with no child living nearby to give care if needed. It also predicts that of those people approximately 230,000 will need more than 20 hours of care per week.
Mario Ambrosi commented: “There is a lot of pressure on families today. Anchor research found that half of people feel guilty for not making more time for older family members, and more than a third (34%) say that living too far away is the main reason for not visiting their elderly relatives.
"Often older people need more specialist care too - but the care sector is facing challenges of its own. Research by Anchor and the International Longevity Centre-UK found that if current trends continue, England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025. We all hope that we will be well cared for in older age, and as an ageing society more of us are likely to need professional care. The challenge falls not only to families but also to the adult social care sector and Government, to inform and encourage every individual to plan for their own future care needs.”