Social care services (continued)
The review identified no studies of socio-economic inequalities among these ‘self-funders’. More research is needed to explore the extent of socio-economic inequalities among older people in both the public and private social care systems. Further consideration is also needed to determine whether inequalities that favour older people from lower socio-economic groups can be justified on the grounds of fairness.
Housing and community
The review identified a small number of studies relating to socio-economic inequalities experienced by older people in housing and community services. Socio-economic inequalities among older people impact on type of housing tenure, access to heating and use of local community services and amenities. More research is needed in these areas.