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1m elderly are at risk

Issue No. 1786

Cuts to care homes and social services are leaving one million elderly people at risk. Help the Aged, one of 21 organisations contributing to a new report on the crisis, says that many elderly people 'use social services as an emergency measure.

'When they do not have access to social care, lives are put at risk.' About one million elderly people, most aged 80 or over, receive some sort of social care-half in their own homes, half in residential homes.

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Sat 9 Feb 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1786
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