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Gareth Watkinson, Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire & Cumbria’s Managing Director, has supported proposals from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) indicating free social care for the over-65s could save the NHS in England around £4.5bn a year.

The IPPR report stresses that with the number of people over-65 set to increase by 33 percent and the number of over-85s nearly doubling in the next decade – compared to a mere two percent increase in the number of working-age adults – demand for social care will grow at a faster rate than the NHS.

Highlighting that social care has been consistently undervalued, the report warns that failure to implement changes will not only result in meeting less need for older people but increasingly higher costs of care and greater inefficiencies in the NHS.

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Examining what changes could help tackle the approaching need, the report suggests implementing a similar system to that currently in place in Scotland and making personal social care free at the point of need for everyone over 65.

The IPPR emphasises the change, which would increase the number of people with access to state-funded care from 185,000 to 440,000, would provide a better and more integrated care system that could potentially save the NHS £4.5 billion a year.

Discussing the report, Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire & Cumbria’s Gareth Watkinson, commented: “This is an interesting report by the IPPR.  For some time now, many in our industry, and the BHTA in particular, have argued that increased investment in homecare could lead to huge savings for the NHS by reducing things like bed-blocking and reducing accidents in the home.

“According to the report, covering the costs of free social care would entail a rise in spending from £17bn a year to £36bn by 2030.  When explaining increasing investment in homecare, we in the mobility industry often use the building insulation analogy.  In simple terms, the cost of cavity wall and loft insulation is offset, and pays for itself many times over, by the savings in future energy use to heat homes.”

In March 2019, Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire and Cumbria became a key partner for the launch of Platinum Stairlift’s Ultimate Stairlift.

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