Irrespective of age or geography, participants in focus groups wanted the state to provide a core level of free care for all older people who need it, particularly care over which there was no choice, such as washing, dressing and food preparation.
There was also widespread criticism of the complexities and expense of charging for care. Many, including some who were already making a contribution to the cost of their own care, could not understand how care charges were calculated even with a clear explanation.
All groups criticised the artificial barrier between social and health care.
Gordon Lishman, director-general of Age Concern, said: 'The report gives strength to the arguments advanced by Age Concern, as well as the recent report from the King's Fund, that there needs to be urgent reform of the financing of social care. It is clear that the present system is overly complicated and deeply unfair.
'The evidence is there. It is now up to the government to give voters the fairer system of funding they demand.'
Study reveals older people's view on paying for care