While it does support the idea that ‘age is just a number’ and that none of us should limit our ambition to achieve things just because of how old we may be, we are all different.
Social care is about supporting people unable to complete the tasks necessary to live independently – regardless of age. According to the Health Survey for England which monitors trends in the nation’s health and health related behaviours, the need for adult social care is measured according to whether older people require help with a number of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). The Activities are:-
Basic requirements for daily living (ADLs)
Other important aspects of living independently (IADLs)
The Survey report acknowledges that the data gathered is mostly concerned with older people (65+). This is mainly because they are by far the largest group receiving care. In 2015, local authorities received 1.8 million requests for social care and support, 1.3 million (72%) of which were from adults aged 65 and over. The report also cites the factors thought to be creating an increase in demand for care services:
Apart from the section dealing with Adult Social Care, the survey also assesses the state of the nation relating to other factors, like smoking, alcohol consumption, children’s physical activity, and overweight and obese children and adults. While it may not be very scientific to link pressure on our health and social care services in the future with lack of exercise and obesity today it is nevertheless tempting to do so.
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