Two in five (41 per cent) of all residents in UK independent care homes are now paying for their own care. This is an increase of almost a third (28.5 per cent) in the last ten years (from 130,000 in 2005 to167,000 in 2014) and has happened as a result of the state funded system declining while demand has risen from our ageing population
New report from AGE UK highlights the challenge of getting a fair deal faced by older people who pay their own way in care homes
Responding to the Care Quality Commission's State of Care report, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King"s Fund, said:"It has been clear for some time that cuts in budgets and rising demand for services have left the adult social care system struggling to meet the needs of those who depend on it.
Age UK"s report Hidden in plain sight - says the current provision of mental health services and support is grossly insufficient to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population
This year"s State of Care report shows that most health and adult social care services in England are providing people with safe, high quality and compassionate care, but it also raises concerns about the sustainability of this position in the future.
A care home is in special measures after being rated inadequate following concerns reported by police and care professionals.
An 86-year-old care home resident who weighed just 4st when she died was unlawfully killed, an inquest finds.