UK Care

Is The Care Act Dream Over?

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

There is a need for an honest debate about what it means to promote independence in this climate. But over and above this, I think the survey responses demonstrate just how incredibly hard it is to sustain the good intentions of the Care Act at a time of such acute funding distress in many local areas. And that is something we all need to worry about.

Is This The Future Of Care For Young And Old?

Stephen Burke | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.

Good Health Starts At Home

Mark Henderson | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK
Mark Henderson

Supported accommodation means something different to everyone, often because the support is designed around the needs of the individual. For a start, you can forget the old-fashioned image of a home where people eat at the same time every day, rarely leave the grounds and have little or no need to do their own shopping.

Can Care Markets Work For Families?

Stephen Burke | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As summer ends, the news is of children's nurseries and older people's care homes facing closure. The reason is simple - state funding for a place a...

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

Tory Care Pledge Needs To Be Replaced With Tax Funded Reform

Stephen Burke | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Of all the Tory manifesto pledges that are likely to be junked by the new government, the 'dementia tax' pledge on funding care will get some of the biggest cheers.

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

An Open Letter To Labour: Support Family-Based Care Too And You've Got My Vote

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

I love an election. Ever since I voted Labour in 1997 as a newly enfranchised young woman, I have stayed up to watch election night live. Incidentally, 2015 was the first marathon where I had to care for young children the next day. It broke me.

Catch 22 - Black Hair Do Care

Chioma Anyanwu | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Style
Chioma Anyanwu

Every Friday, after school I would sit in between my mum's legs and brace myself for the painful detangling that involved oil and a "comb casualty" (the teeth of the comb breaking off under the tyranny of my afro). I have what you describe as 4c hair. For as long as I can remember people always had something to say about it...

Are Care Vouchers The Answer To The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Care vouchers would not support integration and would make paying for care even more complex than it currently is. It's not the long-term solution that older and disabled people and their families desperately need.

Africans Waiting For Handouts? That Couldn't Be Farther From The Truth

Suzy Madigan | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Suzy Madigan

In a settlement outside Burao, Somaliland's second largest town, a savings association set up by CARE International and run entirely by local women was providing them not only with status and a voice in the community but also emergency support. Zeinab, one of CARE's female project officers, explained how women pay regularly on behalf of their families into the shared scheme. In normal times, the association can provide loans for entrepreneurial ventures such as small shops. During times of crisis such as severe drought, the collected funds offer a form of insurance for the most vulnerable.

Ten Reminders Why Dilnot's Cap On Care Costs Won't Solve Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Back in 2010 the coalition government asked Andrew Dilnot to lead a commission on care funding. He duly reported in 2011 with his proposals including a cap on the cost of care. The government - rightly in my opinion - then in 2015 decided not to implement the cap, set at £72,000, and 'postponed' its implementation until 2020.

What's The Big Vision For Care For Older and Disabled People?

Stephen Burke | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Council tax bills have landed on doormats and across the country most households face higher charges to pay for care for older and disabled people.

My P.I.P. Diary - The Saga Begins

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

As I was helped out of the bath, I admitted to my wife how I was feeling and she hugged me. She told me I was not a burden, yet I can't under estimate how much beginning the PIP application process has impacted on my confidence and mental health

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

Ignore The Fear

Martyn Sibley | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Martyn Sibley

The media has become very vocal on both the worldly threats to everyone, and also have their own strange take on disability (triumph over tragedy vs b...

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

So My Job Doesn't Feel Like A Job Really. It's An Extension Of Me. It Fits Me

Helen McEntire | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Helen McEntire

Time. It's the most important part of my role as a caregiver for older people. I couldn't love my job as much as I do without having enough time to ca...

Why Care Regulation Needs to Change

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The Care Quality Commission or CQC has probably one of the most important jobs in the country: to make sure that people who need care are safe from abuse. Unfortunately the evidence is that they are failing in this task and they are bound to fail because of how they are organised and how they think.

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

Falling In Love With Mum - Dementia and Dying

Lisa Ives | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

My mother died nearly six years ago, I haven't been able to write about it until now.

All Talk And Maybe Some Action On The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

An extraordinary second Monday in December may have heralded long-awaited government action to tackle the care crisis. With more than a million older people not getting the help they need and cash-strapped local authorities squeezing fees to fragile care businesses, the care system seems close to collapse. Now all eyes are on the government's funding settlement for councils later this week. Will it simply allow councils to raise council tax to fund care or will it offer something more fundamental?

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

Post Autumn Statement, Where Next For The Campaign For Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.