The Right care, Right deal campaign coalition today laid out its key demands for the green paper on reforming adult care and support in England, due next year.
In a report, which included six real-life case studies illustrating the downsides of the current system, the coalition – comprising Help the Aged, Counsel and Care and Carers UK – warned adult care was at “crisis point”.
It outlined a six-point plan for a system that was more personalised, for instance through increased self-assessment, better and more efficiently funded, more supportive of carers, preventive, fair and and accessible.
In one case study, a man caring for his quadriplegic wife said that social care support had been abruptly cut off in 2004 and that he had then faced a long battle to gain NHS continuing care. The report said this illustrated a system that was “unreliable and hard to navigate” and that only “radical action” would help.
Poll shows most adults unprepared for care needs
A poll of UK adults’ attitudes on social care was released in conjunction with the report. Eighty-seven per cent of respondents said they had not made plans for their personal care for older age and 62% said that older people who needed care and support were treated “badly” or “very badly” by society.
Help the Aged policy director Paul Cann said ministers needed to “grasp the nettle”. He added: “The results of this new research show in the starkest terms that the social care system in England clearly does not have the confidence of the people who will come to need it in older age.”
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