Over two million have difficulty cooking, eating, dressing or washing according to analysis by the think tank Strategic Society Centre and the Independent Age charity.
Out of the two million, 560,000 of these have severe needs, 160,000 have insufficient care and 70,000 have none at all.
Approximately 850,000 elderly people help pay for care themselves or seek help from the council. Meanwhile 30,000 care for others, which poses a risk to their personal health and well-being.
The research “highlights alarming gaps” in the healthcare system and raises new questions ahead of the capping of care costs in April 2016.
The policy director of Independent Age, Simon Bottery states it “defies belief” how older people are getting by when they aren’t receiving the adequate care they deserve.
He follows on to say without better support, the NHS could suffer as elderly people’s health deteriorates.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe...