One-in-six over-65s have hidden a serious injury, illness or accident from a close friend or family member in the past five years, Centra has warned.
Care and support provider Centra, part of Circle Housing Group, is calling for families to make sure relatives at risk of covering up problems and putting their health in danger get the support they need. Its survey of 2,000 adults aged 65 to 93* found many have hidden problems friends or family over fears they will lose their independence or be seen as burden.
Of these, 12% said they thought they would be seen as incapable of looking after themselves. Half (50%) wanted to avoid friends or family over-reacting and more than two thirds (67%) didn’t want to worry them. 11% said they were scared about having to go into hospital.
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