In response to the publication of the a report on unmet care needs from Ipsos MORI, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:
“This research highlights how widespread unmet care needs now are in the older population with huge consequences for people’s sense of worth, but also their mobility and ability to remain socially connected. With around half of all older people with care needs now experiencing at least some level of unmet need we need to radically rethink as a country how we are caring for and supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. There is a human cost to continuing down our current path. To avoid a future where ever growing numbers of older people end up housebound, coping alone or living their last years lonely and isolated, the government needs to urgently come forward with clear proposals for reforming social care. A consultation has been promised, but older people and their families now need to see some action”.