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Choosing care is one of life’s most stressful experiences but trusted information can help

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care, from Care Quality Commission comments on the difficult decision of choosing social care services for an elderly friend or relative.

More and more of us are picking our way through the complex world of social care either for ourselves or someone we love.  So many times when I speak with colleagues in similar circumstances, we reflect that we find it hard despite working with or in health and social care services and how difficult must it be for everyone else? 

Increasing demands on families is not the answer to the care crisis

Emily Holzhausen

Director of Policy and Public Affairs

The Telegraph’s article about a local Trust, full to capacity calling on relatives to help older relatives be discharged from hospital highlights the crisis that the NHS and social care is under –and demonstrates why we need urgent funding in social care in particular and health to reverse this crisis.   This approach risks giving the impression that families are not doing enough to care.

Worked up? Speak out! Help us to improve the quality of care and health services

Emily Holzhausen

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

The quality of care matters to all of us, particularly when it involves a relative or friend for whom we are caring. We all know good care when we see it and experience it. It is compassionate, caring, treats us like an individual, maximises our health, well-being and independence, is reliable and responds to what we need. Staff are well trained and knowledgeable and we’re confident that the care we receive will be good or even excellent. Carers say that good quality care gives them peace of mind and the impact of good quality care goes well beyond that into the world of jobs and employment. In our research, Quality of Care and Carers, seven out of ten working age carers said that good quality care enabled them to work – secure in the knowledge that their relative or friend would be well cared for.

Carers Week 2016 in Parliament

Kayleigh McGrath, 

Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

With the hundreds of competing issues landing in MPs inboxes every day, Carers Week provides us with the opportunity to ensure MPs are made aware of the issues and challenges that caring brings for the 10,000 or so carers in their constituency. It also provides us with an opportunity to educate and inform MPs about carers and their contribution.


APPG on Carers: "The Carers Strategy has come at a pivotal moment as the amount of unpaid care being provided is going up as care needs increase"

Jenny Luckett
Policy, Research and Public Affairs Officer, Carers UK

This week the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, came to a meeting of the APPG on Carers supported by the APPG on Motor Neurone Disease to talk to fellow MPs about the latest developments in the Carers Strategy.

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