The great majority of older people will live quite independently to the end of their lives. Some will be supported by family, friends and others, as we saw in the previous chapter; but a small proportion will need caring for in a more intensive manner, either in the community or in residential care. When we are working with this last group, it is all too easy to assume that most older people need this level of support. In fact, less than 6 per cent of the over-65s require continuing hospital or residential care. However, they are an important group, and their special needs and care are considered in this chapter. We shall look at the situations which lead up to the necessity for this kind of support, together with the problems it brings in its wake, and how these may be dealt with — and, equally, the potential for positive developments.
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