Health and Wellbeing

New figures show rise in demand for adult social care

Posted on: 24 October 2018

New figures from NHS Digital show that councils have received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on the previous year. 

It’s equivalent to more than 5,000 new requests per day.

Most of the people, 71.6 per cent of the 1.3 million who made the requests, were aged over 65.  And most, 77.1 per cent of the requests, were made by people living in their own homes rather than in residential or nursing care.

Around 20 per cent were from people requesting support upon leaving hospital.

Cllr Andrew LeadbetterDevon County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for adult social care, Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, said:

“The figures released today, describing the growing demand for care, come as little surprise least of all to the families, carers and the Care and Support workers required to provide the care.

“With one of the largest older populations in the country, neither is it a surprise that demand in Devon for adult social care is one of the highest in the UK, and in particular for people living in their own homes.

“We work very closely with care providers to try to ensure that there is sufficient capacity in the care sector to meet demand.

“But we are concerned about the shortage of Care and Support workers available in Devon to provide care to people at home.

“There is a gap that care providers are finding difficult to fill.   It means that there are people in Devon right now waiting for care packages to be arranged, or who are experiencing disruption to their care visits.

“We want to make communities aware of this shortage.  And we want to encourage people to consider new careers in care, or a return to it for people who have previously left it.”

The Council has stepped up its Proud to Care Devon campaign, designed to increase recruitment to the care sector, especially for domiciliary care workers.

There are currently around 260 jobs being advertised on the Proud to Care Devon website,, with nearly 95 jobs available specifically within domiciliary care.  If you are interested in a career that helps people to live in their own home, please visit the website and have a look at the real stories.

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