accessibility & help
Everyone should get the support they need to live independently at home.
The UK's sick, elderly and disabled are not being looked after properly. Too many people have to reach a health and social care crisis before they receive help.
Over one million older people have unmet needs for care and support. At least half a million fewer people are receiving care than ten years ago. And there have been cuts to funding over the last five years totalling £4.6 billion.
It is widely acknowledged that 'prevention is better than cure'. But there is a lack of accessible early interventions.
Low-level practical and emotional support early on can help vulnerable people maintain and regain the confidence to live independently in their own homes.
It can also reduce costs for both individuals and the public purse.
This is a humanitarian crisis and without funding it will not only persist, but get worse.
Many of us see losing our independence as the biggest crisis we will face in our personal lives. Research shows it’s a concern that cuts across ages.
Since April 2015, the Care Act has placed a duty on English councils to make sure preventative services are available locally.
However, our research suggests that the Care Act’s vision for prevention is not being fully realised.
Local authorities in England must do more to provide services which prevent, reduce or delay the need for care and support.
The government must also look again at what resources are required to enable local authorities to implement these new duties in a meaningful way.
We believe everyone who needs a wheelchair should quickly and easily get one, for as long as they need it.
Too many people have to reach crisis point before they receive the health and social care support they need.
A new British Red Cross report calls for action to stop an ‘endless cycle’ of avoidable hospital admissions among vulnerable patients. This could ease pressure on the health and social care systems.
Local authorities in England must do more in their local areas to provide services which prevent, reduce or delay the need for care and support.
The UK’s sick, elderly and disabled are not being looked after properly. This is a humanitarian crisis and without funding it will not only persist, but get worse.
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