The future of older people’s social care
Help Healthwatch get older people's experiences of social care listened to by the government.
The government has announced that they will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. This will provide a basis for a discussion and ideas for future services.
Sandie Smith, our CEO, has joined a task group with Healthwatch England to make sure that older people’s and carers’ experiences are considered as part of this thinking. It is vital their experiences are at the centre of any conversation.
Social care is practical support for people who need help with everyday activities to live their lives as fully and as independently as possible. At its most basic, social care can include help with washing, dressing, getting out of bed on a morning, help with medicines and housework.
Care and support services are not free. Most people have to pay something towards their own care and some will have to pay for all of the costs.
At Healthwatch, we think it’s important that people’s experiences of social care and ideas for the future are fed into any policy development. We want to encourage as many people as possible to share their experiences of older people’s social care with us.
This is only the start of the conversation, as the green paper will be subject to a full public consultation after it is published in summer 2018.
We’re calling for your experiences
Click here to tell us about your experiences now. Alternatively, please call us on 0330 355 1285 to speak with a member of our team.
- The Government's announcement
- The King's Fund guide to Social Care
- Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Social Care