El­derly are ‘strug­gling’ due to care ‘fail­ings’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Age UK has warned that el­derly peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough and Cam­bridgeshire are strug­gling to get out of bed or use the toi­let due to the lack of vi­tal sup­port.

Age UK Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough de­scribed the so­cial care sys­tem as “fail­ing” and has urged the Gov­ern­ment to pro­duce a “bold and am­bi­tious” so­lu­tion to the prob­lem. More than 17,650 peo­ple aged 65 years or older or more are now pro­vid­ing long term un­paid care in the county, with 121,400 el­derly peo­ple liv­ing with long term health prob­lems.

Melanie Wicklen from Age UK Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough said: “Many peo­ple have to rely on frail and el­derly fam­ily or friends for help be­cause they have nowhere else to turn.”

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