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Physios call for greater investment in home care services, as new CSP analysis shows significant variations in Council provision of help for older people across England

CSP press release published on 28 February 2007

Haringey tops national league of English Councils helping older people to live at home

Launched on the eve of its Annual Representative Conference, a new analysis by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) of recently published official figures on Council provision of home care services for older people (see note 4), shows significant variations across the country. In England, 156 out of every 1,000 people aged 65 and over in Haringey in London receive help from their council to continue living at home. Middlesbrough has the second highest number of people helped to live independently, with 148 out of every 1,000. Third is Redbridge in London with 145 older people out of every 1,000. But in Buckinghamshire only 39 out of every 1,000 people 65 and over receive help. (See tables below) On average, 88 out of every 1,000 persons over 65 in England receive help from their local authority to continue living in their own homes. The CSP is applauding Councils that support people aged 65-plus with practical assistance to enable them to continue living at home. Physiotherapists work closely with older people to help them maintain their independence and know that realising this aim depends on the joined-up provision of a full range of care home services. The CSP is calling on Councils to help greater numbers of older people stay independent. CSP Chair of Council, Sarah Bazin, said:

'People nowadays are living longer and want to enjoy their later years. For many, that means being able to live at home and remain active in their community, rather than retiring to a costly residential setting. 'Physiotherapists play a key role in helping older people remain active and independent. But the lack of home care provision in some parts of the country is of great concern to the CSP and means that many are missing out on the opportunity to lead the lifestyle they want. 'The CSP wants to see local Councils making independent living a possibility for more older people by providing joined up care services to a greater number of people in the communities they serve.' The CSP's analysis is drawn from the recently published Local Authority Best Value Performance Indicators for 2005/6 compiled by the Audit Commission and published in its Local Government Compendium. Figures were supplied by Local Authorities to the Audit Commission.

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information please call Jennie Edmondson or Becky Darke in the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 020 7306 6628 Mobiles: 07786 332 197 / 07900 160 349.
  2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Previous releases are available on this website.
  3. Local Authorities are obliged to conduct assessments of the needs of older people (and their carers) to enable them to stay in their homes, but each authority has discretion over eligibility rules and charges to service users. This might account for variations in the number of people helped to live at home.
  4. In addition to the services older people may receive from NHS health professionals such as physiotherapists, they can also receive 'home help' support from their local authority including services such as meals on wheels, help with shopping, washing, housework, adaptations to the home, and other practical assistance.
  5. According to the 2001 Census there were a total of 329,000 residents aged over 65 in nursing and care homes. In June 2006 'WHICH?' reported that care homes charge between £21,000 and £42,000 for a bed and care per annum. The average cost of residential and nursing care is £21,060. (Source: Social Services Performance Assessment Framework Indictor AO/B13).

Tables

NB: figures for all English councils are available to view as an Excel spreadsheet - please see the download link at the foot of this page.

Table 1 - Top ten Councils in England providing services that help older people to live at home

The table below shows the Best Value Performance Indicator 2005-2006 for older people (aged 65+) helped to live at home per 1,000 older people. Source of data: Audit Commission.

rank council number 1 Haringey 156 2 Middlesborough 148 3 Redbridge 145 4 Barnsley 144 5 City of London 144 6 Hammersmith and Fulham 140 7 St Helens 138 8 Kingston upon Thames 134 9 Tower Hamlets 133 10 Camden 130   Table 2 - Bottom ten Councils in England providing services that help older people to live at home

The table below shows the Best Value Performance Indicator 2005-2006 for older people (aged 65+) helped to live at home per 1,000 older people. Source of data: Audit Commission.

rank council number 140 Plymouth 58 141 East Sussex / Warwickshire 57 142 Gloucestershire / West Sussex 56 143 Dorset / Hertfordshire / Wiltshire 55 144 Bath and North East Somerset 54 145 Bournemouth 51 146 Wokingham 46 147 Doncaster 45 148 Surrey 42 149 Buckinghamshire 39  

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