Mark Whitehead 14 November 2017

Thousands of young disabled adults are 'stuck' in older people’s care homes

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Thousands of young disabled adults are being forced to live in older people’s care homes, a shocking new study has revealed.

A freedom of information request to all local authorities in England by the MS Society found 3,300 people were living in care homes which are not designed for them and cannot meet their needs.

Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of the MS Society, said: 'It is fundamentally wrong that younger adults with MS are living in older people’s care homes in such numbers.

'These facilities are rarely equipped to meet all of their needs, and this can have a hugely detrimental impact on quality of life and mental health.

'This is just one symptom of a social care system in crisis, where one in three people with MS don’t get the right level of care.'

A survey by MS Society and Care and Support Alliance also found fixing the social care system is the second most important issue for most people, second only to affordable housing.

It found six out of 10 people surveyed said they were 'embarrassed by the way our country treats its disabled adults' and 79% want the government to urgently fix social care.

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