Need for elderly care rises as time spent in frailty doubles

The amount of time elderly people need being helped with daily living tasks like dressing and washing has doubled over the last 20 years, a new report has found.

The study, published in the Lancet by Newcastle University, suggests that men spend around two-and-a-half years needing regular care and women three years. The findings also said that there has been a substantial increase in years with mild disability.

This indicates that the need for independent living aids as well as care home places is rising sharply.

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Experts have urged the government to “increase substantially and quickly” its spending on elderly people. Policy makers have already promised social care spending reform amid reports councils are struggling to cope with the ageing population.

It is predicted that within eight years there will be an additional 350,000 people who will be dependent on care and aids.

Earlier this year, the Lancet published a report outlining that around 2.8 million over-65s will need care provision and there will be a near 50% increase in dementia cases within a decade.

The report estimated that by 2025, for people aged 65, a quarter of later life is likely to be spent with some kind of disability.

It said that there will be a 25% increase on current demand for care within the age range and that more investment is needed in health and social care to cope with the demand.

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