• New survey data shows that four in ten UK residents don’t have a plan in place to care for elderly relatives
  • Figures revealed as nation emerges from pandemic that plunged care sector into crisis
  • Data highlights importance of having a care plan in place, while illustrating changing attitudes

The UK is facing a fresh care crisis after new data revealed that four in ten Brits do not have any kind of plan in place to care for elderly relatives.

The data, gathered from 1,000 UK residents by leading annexe builder iHus, provides a candid insight into the current picture of care perception and readiness.

The research also found that just under half of UK residents (48 per cent) worry about the level of support available for the provision of care to elderly relatives.

Beyond highlighting Brits’ fears and relative lack of preparedness, the new data also provides an insight into changing attitudes and preferences where elderly care is concerned.

21 per cent of respondents say they would prefer to provide care themselves, in their own home, while more than one in 10 (13 per cent) would most like to build an annexe adjacent to their own home for an elderly parent to live in.

Recent data from Aviva supports this trend of providing ‘closer care’, showing that one in three UK homes are now multigenerational, equating to 9 million total households.

The survey also revealed that 18–24-year-olds are more likely to have a plan in place for caring for an elderly parent or relative with 50 per cent having a plan in place and 48 per cent of 25–34-year-olds following behind.

In comparison, those between 35-44 are the age group least likely to have a plan in place, with 59 per cent admitting to not thinking about the long-term care of an elderly parent.

Discussing the findings, iHus chief executive officer Trevor Smeaton said: “With so many pressures on people through rising costs of care and living, it’s worrying that we aren’t taking the care of parents and relatives more seriously.

“In cash terms, the average weekly cost of providing care to adults has risen to £1,399, which is why iHus’s work to promote independent, cost-effective living has become ever more important.

“There are so many factors that help us determine the best plan of care for a parent or relative, and it’s crucial that all available options are explored.

“Having honest and realistic conversations with loved ones to put a plan in place will help to ensure our family members receive the best care possible and with care home costs continuing to rise, many may discover that an annexe is a cost-effective elderly care alternative. “This new data certainly suggests that more and more people are seeing this as a viable option.”