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Call for radical reform to elderly care

31st October 2006

09082006_alzheimers1.jpgElderly care is inadequate and needs to be dramatically improved to meet growing demand, says a new report.

The Counsel and Care charity has published its Fit for the Future report, which analyses elderly services in the UK.

In it they say the current system is bureaucratic, alienating and below standard and are calling for radical improvements to meet the needs of elderly people now and in the future.

Britain's ageing population, together with rising disability and dementia, falls in available informal care and changes to the property sector is all creating growing demand from the elderly which is likely to continue to grow over coming years.

Expectations on the level of services available, is also increasing.

The report calls the government to step in and simplify bureaucracy, provide better information and demand higher standards from service providers.

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