Despite the valiant efforts of those working in social care, the rising number of older people in the UK is putting the system under strain. The truth is that while our lifespans are getting longer, the amount of time we stay fit and healthy doesn’t always keep pace and each year 1.3 million people request care.
Legal & General believes this is not just a challenge for Government and the NHS to tackle but that all of us can play a role in helping people live better for longer. Our new report Caring for Britain highlights some of the new kinds of thinking, new styles of leadership, new technologies, new types of housing and clinical advances that are needed, and the people making them a reality.
In the report we also hear from those working in social care and those who need its services and could benefit from these new innovations. These include 82-year-old Marion, who was stuck in a rehabilitation unit because she couldn’t find suitable accommodation after an accident left her wheelchair-bound. And we meet Phyllis, who is in her early 80s and has provided all the care for her husband Peter since he had a stroke.