Older people are more likely to have long term conditions and complex care needs, and have longer, more frequent stays in hospital. The majority of older people in Cardiff (68%) report being in good or excellent health, higher than the Welsh average. Nearly two thirds of people admitted to hospital are over 65. Poor health in older age can contribute to increased social isolation, separating older people off from their communities.
Demand from increased frailty for people over 65 is predicted to increase by 50% by 2026, with associated increased care costs of £6m in the next three years alone.
Based on differences in self-reported health and the proportion of over 85s in the population, it is projected that over the next 10 years there will be a greater increase in demand for services in the Cardiff North and West areas of the city (25%) compared to Cardiff South and East (18%).