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It was interesting to watch the sudden spike of interest in social care during the general election campaign. The public debate was welcome, but now the dust has settled what action has actually been taken?

The fallout from the “dementia tax” made it appear as though, for once, social care was being given the same level of priority as the NHS. People were calling for its protection as forcefully as they do our health service.

Since then, a Care Quality Commission report revealed that nearly a fifth of adult social care services have been rated as inadequate or requiring improvement and public sector cuts are thought to be behind a sudden stall in life expectancy. Yet neither of these stories has earned the same degree of public scrutiny or government response as social care did before the election. The interest in social care risks looking like a one-off.

We’ve been promised a green paper, which must address issues such as long-term funding and care worker shortages. What it must not be is false hope, another document that talks about change but offers no real action.

My care home offers specialised services for those living with dementia, so addressing talk of a “dementia tax” is, for us, of particular importance. It’s a sad but true fact that people living with dementia face financial discrimination because of their condition. It is out of their control yet, unlike other diseases, isn’t covered by the NHS. Asking individuals and families to pay for dementia care themselves is unsustainable and wrong.

At the same time, it is only right that the government introduces a cap to keep social care costs down for everyone. A British baby born today can expect to live to 104 years old. The UK is woefully under-prepared for looking after our growing population in older age. Whether it’s scrapping plans for a dementia tax, implementing a sensible care cap or creating a unified health and social care sector, things have to change.

Attention must also be given to the extraordinary people who work in this sector. The team I work with at Anchor’s Cranlea care home in Newcastle are second to none. Despite challenging work, they show commitment, empathy and an ability to deliver the highest quality of care on a daily basis. As care workers, we should be receiving recognition from government, not more cuts that add further pressure.

Source: Now the election is over, politicians have sidelined social care again | Lynn Day | Social Care Network | The Guardian


A fourfold increase in the number of disabled people forced to use a crowdfunding site to buy their chair undermines a basic tenet of the NHS, campaigners say

Source: Need a wheelchair? Pay for it yourself | Society | The Guardian


With both parts of the system under pressure, blaming each other will do nothing to help those who rely on services

Source: The NHS and social care must stop bickering over funding | Niall Dickson | Social Care Network | The Guardian


Healthcare provision to residents in care homes across England is often ‘erratic and inequitable’, a major three-year study led by the University of Her

Source: The NHS and care homes could work better together to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare | Care Industry News


Alzheimer’s Society is investing in three new research centres of excellence that aim to find ways to improve quality of life and care

Source: Funding alone won’t fix the social care system | Colin Capper | Social Care Network | The Guardian


A simple breakdown of the five main political parties’ main manifesto pledges for social care and social work

Source: Election 2017: What would the main parties do for social work?


Theresa May’s U-turn on social care funding shows how hard it is to fix. But there is a logical solution.

Source: How to settle social care funding once and for all


Katie Mantell argues we need to do more to raise understanding of what social care is and how it’s provided and funded.

Source: Social care: what’s in a name? | The King’s Fund

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Commenting on the Conservative party manifesto proposals on social care, published last week, LaingBuisson founder and healthcare economist William Laing said:

“A ‘manifesto mouse’ looks to be a fair description of the Conservative party proposals on social care funding published last week.

They amount to half of Dilnot (the £100,000 capital threshold) but not the other half (the lifetime cap on care costs), and it is to be partly financed by making homecare subject to a capital means test, which commentators have been at pains to point out for the first time includes the value of owner occupiers’ homes.

Extension of deferred payments to all will make it more palatable, but

Source: Conservative manifesto fails to address the real cost of long term care funding | Care Industry News


Overdue recognition – but the proposals come with limitations

Source: Leave to care: a first step to a fair system? | New Economics Foundation

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