Three adult social care reports have been published by NHS Digital today. The reports include the latest statistics on those receiving adult social care in England and cover a range of topics, from how people feel about the care they receive, to the latest statistics on social care activity and finance.
The Personal Social Services Adult Social Care Survey, England 2018-19 (ASCS) is an annual survey which is conducted by councils with adult social care responsibilities. This year's survey found that almost two thirds (64.3%) of people receiving social care services during 2018-19 were very or extremely satisfied with the care and support they received. This has remained stable from last year. It also found that 2% of people using services were very or extremely dissatisfied with the care and support they received.
When looking at those in specific care settings, the ASCS shows that 58.5% of people living in a residential care setting felt that they had as much social contact as they wanted with people they like.
Those in the community reported the lowest levels of feeling that they had as much social contact as they wanted with people they like (41.9%) and the highest levels of feeling socially isolated (7.3%). For people who reported little social contact and felt socially isolated, 36.7% felt they were extremely anxious or depressed and 16.3% reported not feeling anxious or depressed.
The second report of the three adult social care reports from NHS Digital looks at how well care and support services achieve the outcomes that matter to people. Key findings from Measures from the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2018-19 include an increase in the proportion of adults with a learning disability who live in their own home or with family. 77.4% of adults with a learning disability live in their own home or with their family – up from 74% in 2014-15.
The report also includes data on delayed transfers of care, with figures varying across the country. The highest average number of delayed transfers of care was in the South East (13 per 100,000 population) and the lowest was in the North East (5.7 per 100,000 population).
The North West had the highest average number of delayed transfers of care that were attributable to social care (4.5 per 100,000 population) and the North East had the lowest (1.1 per 100,000 population).
The third report published by NHS Digital, Adult Social Care Activity and Finance report 2018-19, shows that local authorities received 1.9m requests for adult social care support from new clients during 2018-19, which is equivalent to 5,245 requests for support received per day. This is an increase of 3.8% since 2017-18.
Local authority spending on adult social care rose to £18.7bn in 2018-19, which is an increase of £807m on last year. This is a cash increase of 4.5% and a real-terms increase of 2.6%.
The area of care which saw the largest increase in expenditure was long-term support, which increased by £674m to £14.6bn in 2018-19, an increase of 4.8% in cash terms.
Overall, the number of people receiving long-term care has decreased each year from 872,520 in 2015-16 to 841,850 in 2018-19. This has mainly been driven by a decrease in people aged 65 and over receiving long-term care - down 39,060 to 548,435 since 2015-16.
The average cost of residential care for a person aged 65 and over rose from £604 per week in 2017-18 to £636 per week in 2018-19, while the average cost of nursing care for the same age band increased from £638 per week in 2017-18 to £678 per week in 2018-19.
For those aged 18 to 64, the average cost for residential care rose from £1,274 per week in 2017-18 to £1,320 per week in 2018-19, while the average cost of nursing care for the same age band increased from £921 per week in 2017-18 to £976 in 2018-19.
The three adult social care reports from NHS Digital can be read on the NHS Digital website.