A survey conducted by The Care and Support Alliance, a coalition of 75 charities, has shown that care is a major concern with only a quarter of people in England believing they will receive proper care as they get older.
The research shows that people rank care for elderly and disable people second only to health as a national priority and ahead of funding for schools, transport, policing or the armed forces.
The Care and Support Alliance says that the survey has delivered a ‘vote of no confidence in the system’ by the public and says that there is now a dramatic rationing of care.
The survey, conducted by YouGov, has been published a week ahead of the independent Barker commission, set up by the King’s Fund, which is widely expected to suggest that funding of parts of social care and the NHS should be brought together.
Commenting on the survey findings, Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead said, “It is shameful that, instead of celebrating old age and looking forward to it, the vast majority of people are fearful of the care provision they might expect to receive.
“We have long argued that the integration of the health and social care systems is essential.
“By helping people to stay safe and well cared for in their own homes, with a quality care service and where most older people would prefer to stay, we can help to prevent them entering the more costly health care system.
“The lack of connection between the two systems has got to be addressed.”