I welcome the Government’s recent publication of the Care Bill to reform social care.
However, I am concerned that without additional funding, the social care system will be unable to deliver on these reforms and we will all go without the advantages that a good social care system brings.
Social care has obvious significance to disabled and older people, enabling them to do everyday tasks that most people take for granted. But, the importance of social care goes far beyond this and we all gain from it, whether or not we need care or support ourselves.
Take, for example, Katie’s story. Katie is a deaf-blind person who had worked in academia until she lost all of her vision and hearing. Katie described her life without social care as “living like a caged animal”.
Just five hours a week of support changed Katie’s life and enabled her to go back to work part time and come off benefits. Katie summed up the pros of providing her with social care as “a healthier, happier person; some semblance of a life restored; and, a financial saving for the state”.
We all need to recognise the importance of social care for individuals and for our country as a whole. We must start to see it as an investment, and to prioritise its funding and development, so that we all gain.
Personally I’m involved in volunteering at CarersLeeds. I recognise the difference that their practical and immotional support makes to friends and family members caring for loved ones 24/7, often with very little help from outside.
At Billing View Sheltered Housing in Rawdon we aim to provide friendship and community activities for older people, who maybe living alone and often with physical disabilities such as blindness or/and deafness.
Many of our residents need social care support in their homes. It’s vital that recognition and is given to the Care Bill to reform social care in England and sufficient funding is available.
Diana Al-Saadi, Billing View, Rawdon