Counsel and Care says Government needs to invest in early intervention

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Government is missing out on substantial savings in health and care bills and older people are not getting the care and support they want because care services are not changing fast enough, according to older people’s charity Counsel and Care. The charity says investment is needed in early intervention; advice, information and advocacy; telecare; and direct payments and individual budgets to give older people more choice and control and better meet the needs of our ageing population, as highlighted recently by the Commission for Social Care Inspection’s annual report. Counsel and Care’s latest policy paper – Real choice, real voice: older people in control – says that, unless preventative services offering ‘that bit of help’ are properly funded and provided, government rhetoric about giving choice and voice to older people will remain just that – rhetoric, not reality. The rising expectations of older people and their families are not being matched by the modernisation of care services. Fe

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