Call for care ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ to sup­port rise in the el­derly

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THE num­ber of pen­sioner house­holds in Greater Manch­ester will rise by more than 40 per cent within 25 years, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures.

There will be 432,830 house­holds where the head of the house­hold is aged over 65 by 2041, cal­cu­la­tions by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show – a rise of 46pc.

And house­holds with peo­ple aged over 85 will nearly dou­ble, ris­ing by 97pc to 79,115.

Age UK, a char­ity work- ing with older peo­ple, says a ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ is needed in so­cial care to sup­port the age­ing pop­u­la­tion in their own homes.

Older peo­ple ac­count for most of the growth in the num­ber of house­holds in the next two decades.

Joanna Harkrader, from the Cen­tre for Age­ing and De­mog­ra­phy, said: “We project the ma­jor­ity of house­hold growth over the next 25 years will be be­cause of the rise in the num­ber of house­holds be­ing headed by some­one aged 65 years and over. This shows the im­pact an age­ing pop­ula- tion is hav­ing on house­hold growth.”

The agency de­fines a house­hold as a sin­gle per­son liv­ing alone or a group of peo­ple who live at the same ad­dress and share rooms and a kitchen. A house­hold may be a fam­ily, more than one fam­ily or a group of un­re­lated peo­ple.

Dr El­iz­a­beth Webb, of Age UK, said it was great news that peo­ple were liv­ing longer. She said that while many would re­main in­de­pen­dent there would be a grow­ing need for health and so­cial care that could not be ful­filled al­ready.

“The over 85 group is the fastest grow­ing and the most likely to have the great­est needs for so­cial and health care, which has an im­pact on the health ser­vice,” she said.

“It’s about hav­ing a per­son there to help get them out of bed, help them wash and dress and to put a meal on the ta­ble. This needs peo­ple, not a tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tion.

“The so­cial care work­force is un­der­staffed and there’s not enough cash to pro­vide the sup­port that’s needed.”

Dr Webb added: “Older peo­ple to­day are more likely than fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to have chil­dren to help care for them. In fu­ture we’ll see more peo­ple liv­ing alone and more with­out some­one to care for them.”

The pro­jec­tions show that the changes to the num­ber of younger house­holds is much less marked in Greater Manch­ester. Un­der 25 house­holds will fall by one pc. The 25-34 age bracket will rise by one pc.

Fig­ures sug­gest that by 2041 there will be an ex­tra four mil­lion house­holds in Eng­land, but this is fewer than pre­vi­ously fore­cast. It says that the slower growth is due to as­sump­tions about births, life ex­pectancy, mi­gra­tion and new fore­casts on the num­bers of peo­ple who will con­tinue to live with par­ents or co­hab­i­tants.

The pro­jec­tions show that in Greater Manch­ester the num­ber of house­holds will climb to 1,330,300 by 2041, while the pop­u­la­tion will grow by 273,220 to 3,010,165.

Houses with peo­ple aged 85 or over will dou­ble

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