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Carmel and Pat

Older people should receive dignified care from social care services and the NHS whether they are at home, in hospital or a care home. But a crisis in social care and growing pressure on NHS services are leaving people without vital support.

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'It's a mess'

Pat helps look after her mum Carmel, 85: 'If she didn’t have her family to help her, where would she be? She hasn’t even had a proper assessment and we have found we have a bill for £800 when we thought at least part of her care would have been funded by the council.'

What Age UK wants the Government to do

  1. Tackle the increasing workforce pressures facing the NHS and social care, including urgent action so staff from abroad continue to feel welcome and confident they can continue to live here.

  2. Adopt a twin-track approach to saving and restoring social care being alert to the risk of complete system collapse and ready to invest emergency funding to avert it; and developing a longer term plan to give social care a sustainable financial future, with consistently good quality to match.

  3. Back NHS England’s plan to make healthcare more joined up, person-centred and preventive, with some services moving out of hospitals to create a stronger community and primary healthcare offer that supports older people to stay independent, and provide the full funding required to make this happen.

Ask your MP to become an Age Champion

Further information


Download Age UK's ambitions for the next Parliament 2017 - 22

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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