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Elderly care: 70,000 of the most frail abandoned by the system – study

More than 70,000 of the most vulnerable elderly people have been effectively abandoned by the care system, with no help or support despite having serious life-limiting disabilities, a new study claims. Analysis by the charity Independent Age concludes that at least two million older people in England have some difficulty performing essential day-to-day task such as washing or dressing. It estimates that 560,000 face a seriously daily struggle with their own basic personal care, unable to perform at least essential tasks. While most of them receive at least some informal care from family or friends if they do not qualify for state-funded support or a place in a care home, it estimates that a core of about 70,000 receive nothing.

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