Older people are not planning for care
Statistics released late last year say life expectancy at age 75 in 2017 was 87.7 and 89.3 for men and women respectively, while projections suggest those reaching 75 in 2040 will live to 90.8 and 92.3.
The figures raise concerns that many of those aged 75+ are not receiving the help they need to plan adequately for the possibility of needing care in later life. This is despite evidence of increasing pressure on care services from an ageing population which is set to see the numbers aged 85+ double to 3.2 million by 20142.
The Just Care Report 2017 released in December indicates that those aged over 75 are not thinking about their care plans:
• 70% have not given long term care any thought, planned for it or spoken to friends and family about it
• Only 5% have made financial plans and just 3% have discussed the sort of care home they want to stay in
• 27% would consider staying with their children yet less than 1 in 10 have actually discussed it with them
• A third (33%) would rely on their children to decide on their care arrangements.