WEDNESDAY APRIL 23, 2014
Today’s report from IPPR “properly draws attention to the ever-increasing, crucial importance of informal care in helping older people live in their own homes and communities, and to the important role older people themselves have to play in maintaining and sustaining that care,” according to ADASS President David Pearson.
The report* suggests that within 15 years some 230,000 older people in England needing care for more than 20 hours per week could be left without family to help them. And that the number of people aged 65 and over without children to care for them will almost double before the end of the next decade. By 2030 there will be more than two million people in England without a child to care for them if needed.
It also argues that older people are not simply the recipients of care: “they are also providing it. Intensive care provided by spouses and partners is expected to increase by 90 per cent over the next fifteen years…”
David Pearson said: “These figures, and the examples IPPR give of creative approaches to these issues, should be a spur to local authorities to find new ways of providing new forms of services and thus help to meet these new forms of social configurations and demographics.
“We need to ensure that key services are funded to meet the need as well as finding innovative ways of ensuring those needs are met. Local authorities are developing such partnerships with their local communities, but the report does highlight the opportunities to learn from other countries and about steps that can be taken on a national scale as well.”
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.
In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.