Social care

“I sit in soiled incontinence pads for hours”

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Susan, a wheelchair user in her home, looking straight at the camera
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Our new research, submitted to the Treasury as part of the spending review, reveals the consequences of chronically underfunding social care for disabled people.  

Disabled people who rely on social care to live independently are waiting 14 hours to go to the toilet, sleeping in their clothes, unable to eat or wash, and being left socially isolated.

Disabled people are at crisis point

Disabled people are a third of social care users. Our research found that over half of disabled people using social care (55 per cent) can’t get the support they need to live independently and fewer than one in five (18 per cent) get the right social care.

Social care is support to get up, get dressed and out of the house. It allows disabled people to live independently, work, learn, volunteer, have family lives and participate in society. However we found that:
  • 83 per cent of disabled people don’t have enough hours in their care package.
  • One in three disabled people social care users (33 per cent) expect services to get worse in the next five years. 
  • Another one in ten disabled people, (10 per cent) who rely on social care for all areas of life, fear they will lose support entirely. 
  • 41 per cent of disabled people get no choice or control over their care.
  • Fewer than one in eight (13 per cent) of disabled care users under 35 get enough support with working, or looking for work. 
Read our key findings on disabled people’s experiences of social care