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Elderly Care

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 85 years and over who have a disability or limiting long-term illness in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England. (294571)

Data on the number of people aged 85 years and over with a disability is not collected centrally, although information on the number of people receiving social services funded either fully or partially by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities in England is collected and published by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care as part of the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care return.

During the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 the number of adults aged 65 and over with physical disabilities, frailty or a sensory impairment receiving a social care service funded either partly or wholly by their Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities following a community care assessment was in North Yorkshire 14,760 and in England 1,045,250. Data for the Vale of York is not available.

Information on the number of people over 85 who have a limiting long termed illness is also not available.

However, using general practitioner patient survey results, where people over 85 are reported to have one or more long standing conditions, together with population figures from the 2001 census, it is estimated that Yorkshire and Humber region (not North Yorkshire) has 75,000, Vale of York has 1,400, and England has 746,000 people aged 85 and over living with one or more long term condition.