Over the next 15 years, it is estimated that the number of over 85s needing 24 hour care is set to double. The care industry is already majorly underfunded, as recognised by the Department of Health & Social care, who have promised an extra £2 billion funding to the sector. With this in mind, now is a good time to get brushing up on your Health & Social care skills with one of our online training courses.
Why the increased need for carers?
There are several reasons why this care crisis is becoming such a problem. Firstly, the retirement age. By pushing this back to 65 means that there will be fewer 'unpaid carers' who are available to care for older family members. Meaning there is a higher requirement for social care workers to fill this gap.
Another cause is health improvements. Whilst there has been a significant development in healthcare during recent years, it means that people are living longer. And therefore, they are more susceptible to developing complex conditions including Alzheimer's and Dementia. So with a growing ageing population, the number of carers needed to support this generation is only going to increase in time. Meaning the social care budget will be stretched even further.
So what's the solution?
With these statistics in mind, it is estimated that by 2025, there will be a £3.5 billion shortfall in funding for social care. The first priority has to be fixing the immediate funding gap, before putting together a long-term solution. As yet, this is still in discussion. Some MPs are saying that over 40s should pay more tax in order to fund this gap. But time will tell on this one.
At least we can be reassured that awareness is spreading, and steps are being taken. Do you want to kickstart your career in Health & Social care? View our range of online courses today.