Ms Smith told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning:
resources they need to deliver for older people. We have increased the money available to social care. Yes, we do need to make sure there is more'.
There had been a net loss of around 19,000 residential home beds, but£300m extra funds were being given to social services to address this problem, she said.
She denied that it was becoming more difficult for elderly people to receive
care in their own homes. 'There are more hours of home care and home contact
provided now than previously', she told Today.