The elderly health care situation in the UK
There is an increase in the number of elderly people in the United Kingdom. This means that there is a need for the government to come up with ways to ensure that this increasing population is well catered for in terms of health. However, there seems to be a problem somewhere because according to experts there is a high number of an elderly person who cannot access high quality elderly health care. It is estimated that almost one million elderly people cannot access good health care as a result of the withdrawal of social care that is funded by the government.
According to a leading charity organization Age UK, almost nine hundred thousand people in England with ages between 65 and 89 have social care needs that are unmet. However, officials in the organization belief that this number might be almost one million by now. Despite that the issue of social care among the elderly was a hot topic during the election campaigns; the issue has become unpopular among the leaders. According to Carol Abrahams who is the chief executive Age UK, this might be the case most of the politicians are too young to focus on such an issue.
Forty percent reductions to the funding by the government to local councils, which offer social care, have had a great impact to the elderly people. Many of them have been left to struggle with basic tasks. Figures from Age UK reveal that almost a quarter million of people who qualify to get help in their homes get no support leaving them to struggle on their own. Figures that were released in January that that five hundred elderly people who require washing support and six hundred thousand who require dressing assistance have been left to struggle alone.
Most non-government organizations and agencies that deal with the elderly people are putting a lot of efforts to save the situation. This is because if the elderly people do not get the right health care services even at home, this will be a disaster not only to their families, but to the country too. The lack of investment in elderly social care which has had almost £1bn reduced from the sector since 2011 is viewed as a false economy. This is the case because this burden has now been left to the NHS.
The rate of admissions to the hospitals is rising rapidly. Admissions for patients between sixty five and sixty nine have increased at the highest rate by almost 5.5 per cent. Lack of enough social care has contributed to delays on moving the elderly patients to hospitals. This has led to increased number of elderly people in waiting bays in many hospitals. To ensure that proper care is given to the elderly, it would only cost £3.36bn of the country GDP. This amount would meet all the needs of the elderly people with moderate care needs. It is better for the government to spend this amount, than deal with the consequences of poor elderly heath care in the country.