Social Care Green Paper
It’s nearly two years since the government promised a green paper on adult social care. Today, it looks no nearer, and they can’t even say how much the exercise has cost so far. George McNamara from Independent Age is not impressed:
“We have now been waiting 708 days for these reforms and older people are bearing the brunt.
The green paper is fast becoming the CrossRail of the health and social care sector, with repeated delays and indeterminate costs…”
Somewhat surprisingly, considering the amount of coverage given to the cost of residential care, most of us are pretty hazy on the details.
The consumer organisation Which? has undertaken research asking people to estimate how much they would have to pay as a private customer for a care home place in their area.
More than half underestimated the cost, by an average of £237 a week – or £12,000 a year.
If we don’t know how much it’s likely to cost, we are probably heading towards financial problems or an inability to access good quality care in later life.
State of Care is the annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.
Some people said the outstanding care they have received and how some individual services have changed their lives for the better. Others told about the poor and sometimes disjointed care they have received.
CQC found that people’s experiences of care often depend on how well local systems work together where they live. Some people can easily access good care, while others cannot get the support they need. They may experience disjointed care, or only have access to providers with poor services.
This builds on Beyond barriers, looking at how services work together to support and care for people aged 65 and over.
What to expect during assessment and care planning.
Adult care and support should help you live your life the way you want to.
You should be treated as an individual, and your care and support should be based on what you can already do, what you want to achieve and the help you need. Making decisions – Social care staff should always involve you and respect your right to make your own decisions. They should give you any support you need to express your views and wishes.