Whilst I agree totally that social care is in crisis I find it alarming that most of our friends and acquaintances think they will breeze through old age with the state or their family to look after them .
. Having all 4 of our parents spend their last years in a home (where my mother was the the subject of a care safety order ) we are determined this will not be our fate.
To end up with £23000 from the sale of their properties after paying to be the subject of a care safety order is scandalous.
Spending your final days apart because your loved one is too far away to visit is scandalous.
Living in one room the size of a shoebox with no en suite at £900 a week is scandalous
There is an alternative but unfortunately only available to the well off.
Home ownership with facilities available for help as needed ;nursing home facilities onsite so that loved ones can be visited every day especially at mealtimes so meals can be taken together.
Consistency in care with regular staff on site not 10-15 min visits by a different person every visit.
If there is going to be 6 million elderly by 2030 we need to be encouraging people to make their own informed choices to provide for their care in their old age.
Whilst there continues to be a limited choice in retirement properties ,most people will want to remain in their family homes.
Decent affordable retirement villages need to be incorporated in town planning,to encourage people to downsize.
Financially it makes sense.
Economically it makes sense.
It works in the USA,New Zealand ,so why not here.
It is interesting that the "shortage of carers" is cited so frequently. All it takes is slightly different thinking. My local Social Work Department was surprised when I told them I was not looking for carers to support my mother to live at home. I was looking for Personal Assistants. Carers are task orientated, and will only do certain things. Quality of life can only be gained through personal assistance, where empathy is hooked, and you become a part of the individual's life.
I agree with the last comment on the need to value those working in social care and to place a higher priority on caring for the vulnerable people in our society. I notice the policy implications include intention to place primary responsibility for funding with individuals and families. This is simply not fair or equitable that care will depend on how much money someone has to buy a service. Are we living in the USA with mainly privatised health and social care services? How long will it be before this is suggested for the NHS?
I really find it difficult to start my response: firstly we all pay National Insurance, based on our earning, those not in employment have their State Pension protected, however their are many 'working poor' who cannot survive' without visiting 'food banks' and 'handouts' from friends and family: to actually have a further 'compulsory' deduction from your already low wage, will have serious consequences. The United Nations are to Investigate the Increase in Poverty in the UK in November 2018, we should be ashamed.
I have recently attended a FOCUS group regarding CHC, commissioned by the NHS England, where this 'fits into this latest idea' is NOT clear.
Dementia is a HEALTH issue so where is the CHC.
It is clear' Care' needs to be provided closer to the COMMUNITY, smaller units, where family and friends could be part of their caring process (if they choose).
'ICS' should receive Government funding to allow the COMMISSIONING of these NEW smaller Residential/Nursing/Care UNITS, closer to the COMMUNITY. This should be included in ICS discussions re: 'integration'.
The LA should take over the STAFF recruitment and management of these HOMES.
There are many individuals who can't wait to help others for FREE.
The idea that these Nursing Homes are actually providing 'value' for money is a 'myth' £1495 a WEEK for sitting in a CHAIR with twenty other residents with the TV on is a disgrace, 'hard earned' SAVINGS gone in a 'wink'.
The current system is open to 'abuse' Financially and 'Physically' extra COMPULSORY payments by those left with hardly anything left to live on will have 'dire' consequences. Depression, Suicides will increase, and their younger family members will be the next generation to access the Mental Health System.
My idea is the only 'viable' one, it creates a better 'environment' closer access for family and friends (who can be included in the caring programme) lets be realistic, many CARERS and Friends visit as often as possible, why are they paying a Nursing Home £1495 a week, when they are there for hours, but 'charged' for the 'privilege'!
Residential Care is a BUSINESS and nothing more, STOP the 'GRAVY TRAIN' and bring it back 'in house'.