Predicting unmet social care needs and links with well-being: findings from the secondary analysis

Document type
Dunatchik, Allison; Icardi, Rossella; Roberts, Caireen
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 November 2016
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
Material type

Download (1.8MB )

The focus of this report is understanding the nature and prevalence of unmet social care needs, and understanding what causes and links there are with well-being.

Key findings

  • This widespread level of need indicates the impacts of pressures on the social care system, and affect those eligible for local authority financial support as well as self-funders.
  • Those in their 50s and 60s, living alone or experiencing widowhood are most likely to have future care needs that are not met.
  • There are no clear links between unmet need and wellbeing, perhaps because receiving care has both positive and negative impacts on wellbeing.

The project involved two stages: secondary analysis of HSE and ELSA data, and in-depth narrative interviews with older people. This report presents the findings from the secondary analysis.

Related to Social Work, Social Care and Social Services

Integrated care: the next steps to build strong and effective integrated care systems across England

Response to consultation highlighting the need to give carers a voice when planning integrated care systems with the NHS…

The financial risk and resilience of English local authorities in the coronavirus crisis

Briefing on the pressures faced by local authorities during the coronavirus pandemic

More items related to this subject