THE CARE MARKET

When people think of ‘care’ they normally think of care homes. This is no longer the only option, with help and support from Home Care and Day Centres allowing people to remain part of the community in which they live. VIP work alongside, Home care agencies and other professionals to ensure our members receive holistic care.

Residential care involves someone leaving their home to relocate into a facility dedicated to round the clock care. Many homes will encourage you to bring your belongings and memories to make it feel like the home you have been used to. Some care homes allow residents to come and go as they please, whereas others are more secure to protect more vulnerable residents.

Home care is supporting a person from the comfort of their own home. Carers go into homes to help with the day to day aspects of living such a home help, personal care and companionship. Home care is flexible and can be anything from a couple of visits a week right through to live in care.

VIP Day Centre is a place where people can interact with other members of the community, joining in with all the different activities to ensure mental stimulation all day long. VIP Day Centre is a safe and caring centre where people can make friends and re-new friendships. Many individuals are impacted by social isolation and lack of mental stimulation. VIP Day Centre is well run and non-institutionalised allowing people to feel part of the community again ensuring that individuals stay mobile and active. VIP can make a huge difference to families and carers as they can have a break from their caring role. It is also great for individuals as they feel part of the community again in a supportive environment.

Through the latter half of the 20th Century, the UK population has been steadily getting older and this trend is projected to continue in the future. According to the Office for National Statistics in 2016 there were 11.8 million UK residents aged 65 years and over, representing 18% of the total population. When compared to 25 years before when there were 9.1 million accounting for 15.8% of the population, this is an increase of over 2 million people. Looking ahead another 25 years to 2041, the 1960s baby boomers (aged in their 50s now) will have moved into older age and by 2066 there will be a further 8.6 million projected UK residents aged 65 years and over, taking the total number in this group to 20.4 million and making up 26% of the total population.

The fastest increase will be seen in the 85 years and over age group. In mid-2016, there were 1.6 million people aged 85 years and over (2% of the total population); by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million (4% of the population) and by 2066 to treble, by which time there will be 5.1 million people aged 85 years and over making up 7% of the total UK population. In contrast, the population aged 16 to 64 years is projected to increase by only 2% over the next 25 years and by 5% by 2066.

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, the increase in the percentage of the population surviving into old age will result in a rapid increase in the number of people in the UK living with dementia. Currently this number stands at an estimated 850,000, that’s one in 14 of people over 65 and one in 79 of the population as a whole living with dementia[1]. It is estimated that over half of the UK population know someone who has been diagnosed with some form of dementia[2] and I in 3 people born in 2015 are expected to develop dementia in their lifetime[3].

With Local Authorities working to increasingly tight budgets and looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap in the care sector, VIP has a significant role to play in supporting the increasing awareness that non-residential care is the best and most cost-effective way of caring for our ageing population. This role is particularly significant when seen in the context of the specialised and challenging needs of people living with dementia and their families. Members at VIP can choose to fund their own care, use benefits such as Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance or contact your local social work team to find out if you are eligible for funding or Direct Payments.

[1] Prince, M et al. (2014) Dementia UK: Update Second Edition report produced by King’s College London and the London School of Economics for the Alzheimer’s Society
[2] Dementia Attitudes Monitor (2019) and ONS 2018 population estimates
[3] (Lewis, F: Estimation of future cases of dementia from those born in 2015 (July 2015); Consultation report for Alzheimer’s Research UK)

Through the latter half of the 20th Century, the UK population has been steadily getting older and this trend is projected to continue in the future. According to the Office for National Statistics in 2016 there were 11.8 million UK residents aged 65 years and over, representing 18% of the total population. When compared to 25 years before when there were 9.1 million accounting for 15.8% of the population, this is an increase of over 2 million people. Looking ahead another 25 years to 2041, the 1960s baby boomers (aged in their 50s now) will have moved into older age and by 2066 there will be a further 8.6 million projected UK residents aged 65 years and over, taking the total number in this group to 20.4 million and making up 26% of the total population.

The fastest increase will be seen in the 85 years and over age group. In mid-2016, there were 1.6 million people aged 85 years and over (2% of the total population); by mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million (4% of the population) and by 2066 to treble, by which time there will be 5.1 million people aged 85 years and over making up 7% of the total UK population. In contrast, the population aged 16 to 64 years is projected to increase by only 2% over the next 25 years and by 5% by 2066.

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, the increase in the percentage of the population surviving into old age will result in a rapid increase in the number of people in the UK living with dementia. Currently this number stands at an estimated 850,000, that’s one in 14 of people over 65 and one in 79 of the population as a whole living with dementia. It is estimated that over half of the UK population know someone who has been diagnosed with some form of dementia and I in 3 people born in 2015 are expected to develop dementia in their lifetime.

With Local Authorities working to increasingly tight budgets and looking to the private sector to fill the funding gap in the care sector, VIP has a significant role to play in supporting the increasing awareness that non-residential care is the best and most cost-effective way of caring for our ageing population. This role is particularly significant when seen in the context of the specialised and challenging needs of people living with dementia and their families. Members at VIP can choose to fund their own care, use benefits such as Attendance Allowance, Carers Allowance or contact your local social work team to find out if you are eligible for funding or Direct Payments.