Good Care Guide

The question is whether the government is prepared to use the opportunity of scrapping the cap to fund and deliver a much better and fairer system to pay for better care.
The election proved again that politics is increasingly about the personal. And there is nothing more personal than getting the care you need for your family. The next five years will be a real test for the government as it battles to balance the books and meet the growing expectations of families.
Until the new government gets to grips with the care crisis and introduces more financial help for older people, it will be up to each of us to get the best deal possible. As more older people and their families realise that increasingly they are on their own and they are expected to pay for their care, then pressure will increase on government to sort out the mess.
One of the biggest scandals of the last five years has been the way that Sure Start children's centres have been allowed to wither and die... Now the Labour Party says that these ghost ships could be revitalised by offering 50,000 childcare places.
The BBC highlight three particular problems: the care system is horrendously complex and about to get more so; it is massively underfunded; and the government's planned cap on care costs being introduced next year will help very few older people pay for care.
This growing crisis in care for all ages is having a huge impact on working families, many of whom are facing the cost squeeze from all directions. It will be some time before most families feel their household coffers seem more than half empty.
Apparently on Christmas Eve in Norfolk where I live homecare providers had no spare capacity to look after any more older people in their homes. This prevented hospital discharge and made hospital admission more likely...
At some point over the Christmas holiday many people will see older members of their family. This will for most people be a time of fun, celebration and great memories.
Grandparents and family carers are unsung heroes. They do the right thing and step in to care for children, keeping them out of care, usually in very difficult circumstances and at great personal cost.
A damning report by Sir Stephen Bubb this week on the collective failings to improve care and support for people with learning disabilities has lessons for us all.