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Adults and Older People - overview

In 2017, an estimated 501,100 adults aged 18 and over lived in Gloucestershire, of these around 132,200 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 3,100 people aged 65 and over per year in the County between 2016 and 2041.

In the 12-month period to May 2019, around 12,900 adults and older people were receiving social care services funded by Gloucestershire County Council, including about 6,500 who received long-term care such as domiciliary care, residential care and nursing care.

In this section, we outline the need of the adult population in Gloucestershire that might have an impact on future demand for social care. The aim is to bring together key evidence to support Gloucestershire County Council and our partner organisations in their understanding of potential social care needs of our most vulnerable adults in the County.

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. The section on 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.


An at-a-glance overview of needs and strengths among adults and older people in Gloucestershire that might have an impact on future demand for social care services.


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