A campaign has been launched by Age UK to ask the Prime Minister to "fix care for good" following a new report which found in the last year over 700,000 requests for care and support made by older people were turned down.
Age UK analysis also shows that 1.5 million over-65s in England are going without help to carry out at least one essential task, and this is continuing to rise.
Age UK said that, last year, over 35,000 older people and their families called their information and advice line about social care. The calls describe very difficult experiences people are going through as they try to secure the help with everyday tasks like washing, eating and toileting.
Age UK Charity Director Caroline Abrahams said: “The fact that 2000 older people are being turned down for care every day demonstrates both the enormous numbers impacted by our ramshackle care system and how serious the problems it faces have now become.
“One result is this vast number of older people whose applications for help are rejected and another the long waits for an assessment to have your case looked into at all."
She said the report contains heart-rending stories of older people in need who are being "comprehensively let down", and the nightmarish situations created for them and their families.
Age UK is highlighting the problems older people and their families often face in trying to secure social care.
The report, "Behind the Headlines: Battling to Get Care", describes the social care system as being “woefully inadequate for the job now required of it, despite the best efforts of the good people working in it.”
Ms Abrahams said: “Faced with too much demand and too little supply, our social care system is effectively under siege. Councils do their best with the resources they have but there are simply not enough to go around.”
Over 55,000 have signed the Make Care Fair petition to ensure parents, grandparents, as well as future generations, can access care that is free, fair and available to everyone when they need it to grow old with dignity.
More information about the petition is available at: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/52970/petition/1?locale=en-GB
Last reviewed 11 February 2020