People living in the countryside can find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing health and social care. This is because these services tend to be centralised in more built-up areas and getting to them may require travel.
At the same time, older people make up a significantly larger proportion of the population of rural areas and this can increase the demands placed on services such as social care.
Health and social care providers do, of course, provide outreach services. However, these need to be properly funded, integrated and responsive to the needs of local communities.