The public trusts charities more than any other organisations to deliver social care, according to a survey by the Charities Aid Foundation.
The study also suggests that people in the UK feel central government needs to step up and increase funding for social care.
Fifty six per cent of the 1,107 adults surveyed said they thought central government was most responsible for providing social care.
In comparison, only 3 per cent of respondents thought charities, such as hospices, should be the most responsible for funding the sector.
The British Association of Social Workers has said there is a £2.5bn shortfall in funding for the social care sector, with annual increases in government spending of 2.1 per cent unable to offset a 3.7 per cent yearly rise in demand for services.
The survey also found that 28 per cent of respondents most trusted charities and the NHS to deliver social care, ahead of private care companies, local government and central government, the last of which was trusted by only 7 per cent of respondents.
Four in ten people said they thought that everyone, regardless of wealth or income, should have access to state-funded social care in old age.
According to the survey, 43 per cent felt this should be paid for out of general taxation.