Adults and Older People - context

In 2018, an estimated 505,400 adults aged 18 and over lived in Gloucestershire, of these around 135,000 people were over-65s. The adult population in the County is projected to rise, in particular among the over-65s. Projections suggest that we will see an average increase of 2,800 people aged 65 and over per year in the County between 2018 and 2043.

In the 12-month period to May 2020, around 12,100 adults and older people were receiving social care services funded by Gloucestershire County Council, including about 6,200 who received long-term care such as domiciliary care, residential care and nursing care. There were also around 1,400 adults in Gloucestershire receiving council-funded services as a carer in the same period.

In this section, we outline the need and demand of adult population in Gloucestershire for social care, including carers. The aim is to bring together key evidence to support Gloucestershire County Council and our partner organisations in their understanding of potential social care need and demand of our most vulnerable adults in the County.

The analyses cover five key population groups in the County: older people; adults with physical disabilities; adults with mental health needs; adults with learning disabilities; and carers.

As a local authority with adult social services responsibilities, Gloucestershire County Council carry out an annual survey of people who have received Adult Social Care, and a survey of adult carers every two years. You can also find the key findings of these surveys for Gloucestershire in this section.

Since the introduction of the Care Act 2014, as well as identifying need, local authorities are required to identify individual’s strengths – personal, community and social networks – and to maximise those strengths. This will enable people to achieve better outcomes, thereby meeting their needs and improving or maintaining their wellbeing. Strengths-based analysis provides a baseline understanding of the strengths of the local adult population as well as adult social care service users. The Community theme on Inform Gloucestershire also looks at other characteristics within the population such as Social Capital and Community Assets that may mitigate any needs. 

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