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Carers and Families are in it Together – Carers Week 2011

12 June 2011

This article comes from Carers in Hampshire a few years ago.

A carer is ……………

not paid
not chosen
not elected
not useless
not amateur
not ignorant
not incapable
not appointed
not uneducated
not unprofessional
not unable to think
not unable to speak
not lacking in skills
not in need of charity
not in need of a hair-do
not there to be patronised
not able to live a ‘normal life’
not always recognised by themselves
not free to do what they want when they want
not always treated well by statutory organisations
not always consulted by statutory and voluntary organisations
not always appreciated by the person they care for or by others
not always recognised by social, healthcare or voluntary workers
not accepted as capable by some social, health or voluntary workers
not respected / considered by some social, health and voluntary workers

Just because carers find themselves in a caring role, it does not mean (more…)

Care system’s last days

5 May 2010

While none of the big three parties have the answers, it is clear that massive change is ahead for the adult social care system.

Hopes that social care would be a big election issue seem to have faded. But it now looks even more likely that social care funding will be one of the big post-election problems that any new government will have to sort out. Worryingly, there still seem to be big questions for all major parties to answer about social care if they are to carry conviction


Read full article by Peter Beresford , professor of social work at Brunel University and chair of service user organisation Shaping Our Lives

Carer Watch response to White Paper Social Care

15 April 2010

Carer Watch acknowledges the White Paper on Social Care, “Building a National Care Service”, for the importance it places on vital issues that will affect our society as a whole. Whilst elements of the paper hold true, we believe the starting point to be incorrect. Any proposal suggested to date, if implemented, would not be sustainable long term, without the strong foundation that family carers provide. They are the base that any new National Care Service must build upon. Both the NHS and Social Services rely heavily upon families shouldering the main burden of care now, and will do even more so in the future.

The most glaringly obvious omission in the White Paper is the ……..  read in full  here

Building a National Care Service

31 March 2010

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