accessibility & help

Health and social care

Everyone should have the support they need to live independently at home.

What's wrong?

The UK’s population is ageing, which is a human success story.

Older people are assets to society and the economy, with much to contribute. Many British Red Cross volunteers are older people who bring huge benefits to people in crisis.

However, living longer does not necessarily mean living well.

We see too many people having to reach the point of social care crisis before they receive support.

What are we calling for?

The Red Cross wants to see more people being able to access preventative services, and fewer people reaching the point of social care crisis.

Low-level practical and emotional support can help vulnerable people maintain and regain the skills and confidence they need to live independently in their own homes. It can also reduce costs for both individuals and the public purse.

The Care Act 2014 places a new duty on English councils to ensure preventative services are available in their area. We welcome this step forward, but there should be individual entitlement to these services.

We believe preventative services – like the ones we provide across the UK – should be made available to everyone, regardless of level of need or ability to pay.

Volunteer and client read a brochure

What does 'prevention' mean?

There is general agreement within health and social care that ‘prevention is better than cure’, but what does ‘prevention’ mean?

Volunteer and client have a cup of tea

Prevention matters to everyone

More of us envisage losing our independence as the biggest crisis we will face in our personal lives.

Wheelchair of fortune

Short-term wheelchair loans

We believe everyone who needs a wheelchair should quickly and easily get one, for as long as they need it.

Alma with her Red Cross volunteer

Resources for councils: tracking your preventative spend

We have worked with the LGiU, Mears and Camden Council to develop a toolkit that helps councils and other statutory bodies track their preventative spend.


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