Life in Lancashire Wave 21

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Purpose The objectives of this consultation are to investigate the awareness and use of health and social care services, parent and carer support services; and to find out about residents' own health.
Subject Carers
Older people
Vulnerable children and families
Commissioned by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with Life in Lancashire panel
Date 20/02/2008 - 04/04/2008
Undertaken by Corporate Research and Intelligence Team, Policy Unit


Number in sample 3455
Number of responses 2701
Response rate 78%
Key findings Services for parents and carers: If they were concerned about a child's health and wellbeing, respondents would most likely contact their doctor or GP. Most people feel informed about road safety and preventing home accidents for children and a minority felt informed about preventing anti-social behaviour and bullying. The best known local support services for parents and carers were before or after school clubs, these are also the most used support services.

Health and social care services: Respondents felt more informed about healthcare services than they felt about social care services . Most people did feel they are treated with respect when they use health services, about one in six of the panel act as carers for someone, other than as part of their job. Most respondents have been in good health over the last 12 months, the most common health problem people experience is pain or discomfort while one person in four suffers from some form of anxiety or depression.

Smoking: One in six of all respondents smoke now, half of the panel have never smoked and the most likely to smoke now are those members of the lowest socio-economic groups DE.

Alcohol : Only one in three respondents don't drink alcohol at all at present, the most common alcoholic drinks drunk in 7 days noted were glasses of wine, the total average alcohol consumption of the Lancashire population is 11 units per week, but this varies hugely overall and the average amounts drunk, excluding those who don't drink is 16.8 units per week. The report found members of socio-economic group C2 drink significantly more than other groups.

Physical activities: Members of the panel answered that they undertake an average of 2.3 hours of vigorous exercise per week and 3.4 hours of moderate exercise per week. Those from C2 and DE do significantly more moderate exercise than those from AB or C1 groups. The average amount of walking per week is 8.1 hours, this is almost the same as the average time spent sitting per day (8.0 hours).

Personal circumstances: A quarter of people say they are just about getting by and almost one in ten people are having financial difficulties. There is a very strong link between how difficult people feel things are financially and their level of anxiety or depression. A third of respondents don't receive any benefits, the most received benefits were child benefit and retirement/old person's pension.
Outcomes The research has been used to help us identify a set of priorities for older people. These priorities will be used by the council to further develop services to provide better support to enable older people to live independently in their own homes and to access life opportunities.

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For more information about this research contact:

Melissa Sherliker
01772 535019