William Eichler 20 May 2024

Nearly 30,000 elderly people die waiting for social care

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Almost 30,000 elderly people died last year before ever receiving the social care for which they were waiting, a new analysis has revealed.

The charity Age UK warned that the funding and recruitment crisis in the social care system means local authorities are struggling to assess older people speedily.

In an analysis of NHS data, the charity found that 28,655 people aged 65+ died in 2022/23 while they were waiting for social care.

This equates to an average of 79 deaths a day, 550 a week, and 2,388 a month.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said the findings were ‘emblematic’ of the ‘chronic systemic problems within social care’.

She added that ‘hard pressed’ local authorities were trying ‘to meet the needs of a growing older population with resources that in no way match up.’

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