New figures shine a light on the wider care industry

A comprehensive report by Age UK offers insight into older adults living in Britain

If you’re a care home provider, you’ll know how important it is to stay up to date with the latest findings surrounding the care industry. With that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at Age UK’s latest report, namely three key areas: Older Adults, Care Homes and Dementia. From this, we can explore how to make your care home the best possible setting for residents.

Older Adults, in numbers

  • There are 11.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK, and 15.3 million people aged 60 and above
  • There are 1.6 million people aged 80 or over
  • There are over 500,000 people aged 90 or over currently living in the UK, of which 70% are women
  • There are 14,570 people aged 100 or over in the UK, up 65% in the last decade
  • The number of people aged 60 or older is expected to reach 20 million by 2030
  • By 2040, almost a quarter of people in the UK (24.2%) will be 65 or older
  • The number of people aged 85 and above is expected to more than double in the next 23 years, reaching 3.4 million
  • The number of people aged 70 or over is predicated to double in the next 30 years
  • Almost a fifth of the UK’s population will live to see their 100th birthday, including 29% of people born in 2011
  • 64 million people aged 65+ in the UK live alone (32% of all adults over 65)
  • 2 million people over 75 live alone. 1.5 million are women

What does this mean for you?

Looking at these figures together, one thing jumps out very clearly: the UK is witnessing an ageing population. This means that the demand for care homes is only going to grow, so your care home needs to be a space that can cater to large groups while still remaining personal. Your interiors also need to reflect a high quality standard; an environment that can withstand constant use. Finding a manufacturer you can trust, and one that can furnish your care home effectively, is vital.

Care Homes, in numbers

  • There are around 4,699 nursing homes and 6,023 residential homes in the UK
  • There are over 421,1000 people in the UK aged over 65 who are in residential care
  • 8% of people aged 85+ in the UK live in a care home
  • The average length of stay in a care home (from admission to end of life) is 462 days, or 15 months
  • More than a quarter (27%) of residents live in a care home for more than three years
  • Residents have a 55% chance of living throughout their first year, and this statistic rises to 70% for the second year
  • 37% of care homes failed on safety
  • Only 36% of people over 50 feel older adults who receive care are treated with dignity and respect

What does this mean for you?

While the previous set of numbers showed us that more and more people are using care homes, these figures show that we can also expect residents to stay for longer. This means that it is more important than ever that a care home environment truly feels like home. A lack of dignity is still a clear concern for many people with older relatives receiving care, and we believe one of the clearest ways to respect residents is to provide dignity through design. The new care collection from YTM blends care home functionality with hotel standard luxury for beautiful, comfortable interiors.

Dementia, in numbers

  • Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in the UK, and is the leading cause of death for women
  • 62% of all dementia cases are Alzheimer’s disease, 27% are vascular dementia
  • 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. 808,000 of these are aged 65 or older
  • By 2025, this number is expected to reach 1.14 million. By 2051, it will exceed 2 million
  • One in three people aged over 65 will die with dementia
  • People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease

What does this mean for you?

Strong communal environments are important for fighting the ongoing battle of loneliness among older adults, as these figures show it can also be a factor in conditions like dementia. Communal activities such as gardening or even just daily dining can make a huge difference. Dementia can make even the simplest daily tasks difficult to do alone, but YTM’s collection of dementia-specific furniture solutions can help to provide dementia residents with as much independence and support as possible.

Ready to transform your care home with high quality contract furniture? Contact the team at YTM today. Just call us on 01977 66 50 50 or leave us an online enquiry by clicking here.

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