Charity calls for action on older people's care

An over 50s charity has called on the government to introduce "radical" reforms to the current UK care system to ensure that older people have access to the services they require.

The report by Counsel and Care has expressed the group's concern over the quality and cost of care available for over 50s, with many older people forced to sell their homes or empty their savings in order to afford essential support.

Questions are also raised about the availability of access to reliable advice for people entering care, with many families left to make a choice on care facilities from limited or outdated information.

Stephen Burke, chief executive of Counsel and Care, has called on the forthcoming government green paper to discuss and address these concerns.

He said: "Now is the time for radical reform in order to create a care system that is simpler, fairer, consistent, transparent and flexible - for everyone who needs care and support."

The call echoes those made by Age Concern and Help the Aged last week, which demanded an improved infrastructure to help poorer families afford care for their older members.

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