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Care boss calls for ‘dignity for the elderly’

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One of the UK’s leading care bosses says it is time the “dignity of the elderly” came first following a report showing a dramatic rise in the number of older people being left to fend for themselves.

The Age UK findings show a 35 per cent drop in the number of over 65s receiving routine care support despite an ever ageing population.

The review estimated that as many as 800,000 older people were going without help with daily tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.

Gary Farrer, Managing Director of leading care provider SureCare, described the situation as a “care scandal”.

Mr Farrer said: “Hardly a month goes by without a new report highlighting the scandal of care for our elderly. Age UK is right to warn about the catastrophic situation that is being created by the continuing squeeze on funds available to provide care for our ageing population.

“It is time our politicians woke up to the reality of what is happening in communities across the UK. Ensuring dignity for our elderly should be at the top of any Government’s agenda.

“It is quite appalling to think that there could be as many as 800,000 elderly people going without vital help with everyday tasks such as washing, dressing and eating. There is no place for rationing in the care of our elderly.”

The Age UK report follows a BBC investigation last month which showed that the recommended minimum hourly rate was being paid to care providers in just four out of 101 cases.

The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents care providers, wants its members to be paid a minimum of £15.19 an hour to cover wages, training and travel.

SureCare operates 27 franchises and three branches across England.

Under Farrer’s leadership, the company has deliberately diversified into other areas of care, in part because of the poor fees available for providing personal home care to local authorities.

In addition to personal care, the company also provides home care services, childcare and holiday and respite care to thousands of adults and young people across the country.