Crunch time for care funding says SagaWednesday 21 January 2015
Commenting on new data from Age UK that shows spending on social care has fallen nationally; Saga's Paul Green commented "These figures show the very real crisis in care that we face in the UK.
Crunch time for care funding says Saga
"In an ageing and civilised society we should be judged on how we take care of our elders, and the shocking truth is that society is trying to provide care on the cheap.
“Many families with aging relatives are simply having the rug pulled from beneath their feet where care is concerned. Saga’s research shows that one in six over 50s now takes care of an older relative leaving an increasingly number of people as sandwich carers - having to hold down full time jobs whilst combining childcare issues with taking care aging relatives. This might be a short term solution, but without proper support the health of the family member providing care and the individual themselves is likely to deteriorate very quickly and could simply be storing up more problems for the future.
“With claims of more money being allocated for social care, but clearly less being spent on it, serious questions need to be asked about where this money is being spent. This is crunch time for care and the time for all the party leaders to reveal how they propose to ensure our elders are given the care and support they deserve".
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