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Which? now seeking Government money for social care

Blog Post 14 November 2017

Which? now seeking Government money for social care

As if we needed proof, the Alzheimer’s Society is backing up research by consumer group, Which? that says half of those who have arrangements for care are finding care homes full.

In fact, figures suggest there weren’t any places in at least one of the local care homes they considered.

And this study also found that because places were harder to find more people are staying put or moving in with loved-ones.

Sadly, it also appears people are moving into areas away from family to find suitable homes.

Obviously, provision and availability in some regions are very different to others.

Dementia is an issue close to my own heart – I helped care for both parents whose needs became complex. I looked on at my mother who progressively found the burden of caring for Dad more and more heavy.

I read the Alzheimer’s Society Senior Policy Officer Dominic Carter said: “The only way to give people with dementia the care, security and reassurance they deserve is for the Government to inject more money into social care.”

The Which? survey asked people who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one in the past 12 months to share their experiences of the care sector.

I find myself horribly frustrated. The care sector is between a rock and hard place financially and every aspect of social care is pinched. But the Government has had plenty of warning this latest trend would occur.

My own association was sounding alarms five years ago, the same time as the Alzheimer’s Society also made headlines with news of a bed shortage within the NHS and private sector.

There is an acute issue here that been in the news many times. It leaves me asking what it will take to get some help on the front line of this special caring.

Until we find a sustainable solution the NHS will continue to have these special-need patients blocking beds. The human cost, the financial cost of a very broken financial support mechanism is beyond my words.

Dementia patients are distressed by change, lack of routine and require an awful lot of one-to-one intervention.

They remain at the mercy of a broken system.

Let me assure readers that the West Midlands Care Association continues to lobby the Government on this matter, we continue to meet with minister making our presence known in London and care deeply.  We also offer training and advice to service providers to help them ensure the wishes of clients are honoured as much as feasibly and legally possible and quality of life is preserved.

Grief is a strange thing. My parents have long gone, but just now writing this blog, I’m still missing them.

Debbie Le Quesne - CEO West Midlands Care Association