In Knowsley, our preferred option is for vulnerable adults to remain in their own homes and active in their communities for as long as possible. However, illness, multiple long term conditions and possible lack of a support network mean that it can be challenging for professionals to provide sufficient care and support for someone to remain safely at home.

We want to ensure that, when this happens, our residents have access to a range of good quality provision that provides a home which can address all of their needs. In order to support more people to remain in their own homes and active in their communities for as long as possible, we must better understand the current picture for permanent admissions to residential and nursing care in Knowsley.

Knowsley has experienced a significant increase in its ageing population and projections for the future anticipate that this population growth amongst the elderly will continue. Currently there are 24,037 adults aged 65 and over living in Knowsley; forecasts predict that by 2030 this figure will have increased to approximately 34,000.1

Whilst this shows that there will be a large increase in the population aged 65 or above, the increase in the 80+ age group will be even more significant. This could intensify the pressures on care services and long term residential care facilities, given that those aged between 79 and 89 are the most likely to be admitted into long term care.

According to the Primary Care online dementia tool, the adjusted number of people estimated to have dementia in Knowsley is 1,701 of which 1,152 are based in the community and 549 in care homes (Primary Care Web Tool- Predicting Dementia).

Rates of hospital admissions for severe mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other related dementia were higher in Knowsley (215.0 per 100,000) than for the North West (77.0 per 100,000) and England (80.0 per 100,000).

The full JSNA report is avialble here: Older People and ASC LTA