Wales care crisis: ‘We’ve been trying to get him home for months’

Bryan Jones is a resident at a care home in the Welsh border town of Chepstow. The 75-year-old is keen to go back to his beloved house near Tintern Abbey, but Monmouthshire county council has been unable to arrange any home care for him for five months. “I want to get back to living a normal life … or as normal life as I can,” he says. “I miss my friends dropping in and going on the bus to get my shopping. I can run my own affairs from home – I’m not used to people holding my hand.” These problems are not just confined to Monmouthshire. Wales is the country with the oldest population in the UK, with the number of over-75s due to increase by 70% and over-85s expected to double by 2040.