Last week’s first results from the England and Wales 2021 Census revealed, we are an increasingly ageing population. Nearly one in five of us (18.6%) – an estimated 11.1 million people – were aged 65 years and over in 2021. Inevitably, this means that more people will require care, often in their own home. Here, the ONS’s Head of Social Care Analysis, Dr Sophie John, explains the challenges of finding out how many people are paying for care in their own home.Read more on Who is paying for their own community care?
The pandemic has had a considerable impact on care services, and this has magnified the need for increased information on…Read more on Improving access to data on adult social care
Many people pay for their care in residential homes. Despite this there are no official estimates of the number of…Read more on How many people fund their own care?
It was only ten years ago today that the United Nations agreed there should be an “International Day of Older People”. While social care is not limited to older people, it is an issue of widespread relevance in an ageing population. Here Sophie John, ONS Head of Social Care Analysis, explains the work being done to identify and address gaps in data that could help inform our understanding of adult social care.Read more on Shining a light on what we know about adult social care
The coronavirus pandemic has put the adult social care sector under the spotlight and the Office for National Statistics has responded to demand for trustworthy, high quality insight on the impacts of COVID-19 by providing analysis using new data sources. To further improve data sharing and fill gaps in evidence for this sector, the ONS is introducing steps to improve social care statistics. Sophie John explains more.Read more on Getting the data to support decisions on adult social care