Resources for social care: here’s hoping

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

When you tell someone you work in social care, what sort of response do you get, or indeed expect? In my case it’s usually puzzlement verging on embarrassment. Pensions? some people tentatively ask. Well wide of the mark. Benefits? No, that’s social security. Older people? Getting warmer, but when I seek to include service users with learning difficulties, addictions, mental health problems or physical disabilities, the half-glazed look returns. Most lay people have some conception of residential care, but ask them how many residents there are in homes and the estimate is generally hundreds of thousands below the reality. Domiciliary services are even less clearly understood – district nursing, meals-on-wheels, someone who helps with the cleaning? And try to explain inspection, purchasing or commissioning to your average casual enquirer and you soon find they’ve moved on to some more comfortable conversationalist. What these misapprehensions add up to is that social care has a severe image problem –

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