Housing the key to future of homecare

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

|By SIMON ALCOCK, Policy officer ­ The Quinn Centre, Email: alcocksimon@hotmail.com Web: intercare-europe.com/index.htm| People should be allowed to live in their own homes whenever they want to and whenever it is practical. There are many barriers to this. One reason that some people cannot access homecare is because of their housing conditions. It is still far too common to find people having to enter a care home because various professionals see that as a solution to inadequate housing. That simply isn¹t acceptable. People¹s homes are more than just bricks and mortar ­ they hold links with the past, enable local relationships to be continued and give people a sense of security and responsibility. Social care minister Stephen Ladyman has talked about his vision of realising and expanding the potential of all members of society, including those that we have often excluded. This is laudable and also possible to achieve if we ensure that people live in environments that allow them to access care and suppor

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