More users of adult social care services are needing assistance with daily living activities, a report has revealed.
The study by NHS Digital, based on a survey of councils with adult social services responsibilities, found there was a “statistically significant” increase, of between 0.7 and 1.3 percentage points, in the proportion of those needing help with six of eight activities.
The six activities were getting in and out of a bed (or chair); self-feeding; dealing with finances and paperwork; bathing; getting dressed; and using the toilet.
There were also increases for the other two activities – getting around indoors, and washing face and hands.
The report also found that 70% of people receiving social services care feel “as safe as they want”, up almost one percentage point from 2015-16, while 86.4% said the care and support services they received helped them in feeling safe, up one percentage point.
Other findings included:
- 65% of service users were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they received.
- Two-thirds of service users in the community reported they had enough choice over the care and support services they received.
- 45% of service users reported they had as much social contact as they would like. A fifth said they did not have enough or had little social contact, 16% had some social contact but not enough, and almost 6% had little social contact and felt socially isolated.
The report used data collected from a sample of 72,600 service users who participated in the annual survey, which was conducted for the seventh time. The data was then weighted to estimate the questionnaire responses for the whole eligible population of 653,000 service users.
Almost 70% of eligible service users were in community support settings, with the remainder in residential or nursing care.
The primary support need for more than half was physical support, with learning disability support accounting for just over one fifth and mental health support 11.5%.