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The dignity, health and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn.
In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of November’s Spending Review, 20 organisations said the care sector was facing a “deepening crisis”.
They have called for funding to councils to be protected, as is happening with the NHS.
Ministers said investment in health would also benefit the care sector.
The government pointed out that plans were being put in place to ensure greater joint working between the two sectors that would relieve some of the pressures.
However, the signatories of the submission, who include leaders of councils, the NHS, care providers and charities, said that they still feared for the future. The document said that the market was “fragile” with councils forced to freeze fees and providers exiting the sector.
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One in three people born in the UK this year is projected to develop dementia in their lifetime, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The charity described the forecast as a “looming national health crisis”. The figures were based on current life expectancies and the risk of people developing dementia as they age.
However, there is acknowledgement that the figures – projecting what could be happening 100 years in the future – are only an estimate. More than 800,000 people in the country are already affected by the disease, which is caused by the destruction of brain cells.
Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia and rising life expectancies could increase the number of people living with the condition. Heart disease, diabetes, smoking and a lack of exercise are also linked to the condition.
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One out of every five elderly people in the UK who feel lonely say they have no-one to turn to, a survey indicates. The Campaign to End Loneliness charity says older people need a “range of support” to help them fight loneliness.
Transport and technology are essential to support the elderly, says the charity, as it launches an online guidance service for local authorities.
The Local Government Association says given tightening budgets, it gives the best possible care to those in need.
As its survey on loneliness is published, the charity warns that earlier research has shown loneliness and isolation are as risky to health in older people as “smoking 15 cigarettes a day”.
The charity is calling on local authorities to “take the lead” in tackling loneliness in older people.
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The National Living Wage could result in a “catastrophic failure” in the home care market, the industry is warning.
About 500,000 vulnerable over-65s rely on the support, which includes help with washing and dressing.
But in a letter to the government, the UK Homecare Association said unless extra money was put into the sector, it would leave services “unviable”.
The majority of care is bought by councils, but the group said they do not pay enough for care firms to cope.
Under plans announced in the Budget, workers aged over 25 in the UK will be paid a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020.
The UKHCA believes the introduction of the National Living Wage will require councils to pay a minimum price of £16.70 an hour for services.
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