Ahead of Monday’s Budget, Gordon has highlighted new research released by Age UK as part of their bid for urgent cash from the Chancellor to fill the deep hole in adult social care.
Research shows that over half (55 per cent) of older people who need care at home are having to rely on friends and family.
Other statistics for Gordon’s Blackpool South constituency show:
* 4,551 older people with a severe disability
* 6,555 constituents living in fuel poverty
* 1 in 10 of older people in Blackpool South are living alone
Gordon said: “These figures are very alarming, particularly given the Government’s repeated failure to respond adequately to the increasing needs of our older population with the adequate funding. That’s why I am supporting Age UK’s campaign and calling for an end to the care crisis.
“We know that the failing social care system is putting an immense pressure on the NHS. Delayed discharges due to lack of social care cost the NHS more than £500 every minute. There are 13,700 of older people in my constituency living with long term health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia. There are also 2,035 carers of older people providing long term care.
“We in Blackpool are particularly affected, because heavy cuts in funding by Government to our unitary council have impacted on adult social care at home, plus the additional pressures from transience and often poorer housing that older people in the town have to deal with.”
“Some older people are lucky and receive a good service at home but many are struggling to do the basics, such as getting out of bed, getting dressed or going to the toilet because they lack vital support. For older carers caring can seriously affect their health.
“The social care green paper must be bold and innovative but more immediately the Chancellor needs to dig deep in his pockets at the budget and provide sufficient funding in the budget to stop the system falling over. We cannot continue to fail older people who need help.”