Today many of us may find ourselves as part of the sandwich generation- still having kids at home while also taking on increasing responsibility for the care of elderly parents.
Many of us may struggle with caring for elderly parents until reaching breaking point, then having to make decisions in a crisis situation without knowing who or where to turn to regarding care and support of elderly relatives who are no longer able to live at home without professional help.
- Majority of adults unaware of what care is available (59%) and have no idea how much it costs (66%)
- More than two thirds of people say that they are not likely to consider care decisions until they become urgent, increasing the risk of not choosing the best provision
- A quarter of adults who already use care provision say they struggled to find appropriate care and now feel they ended up with the wrong type of support.
There is support available, but you do need to know where to look.
New online service to help identify care options launches
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launched an online service Find Me Good Care to help the public navigate complex world of care and support
Today, Find Me Good Care launches to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future. Developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the UK charity focused on improving care and support services, Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice.
The care system is a mystery to many. Find Me Good Care has been created to help people take their first steps in seeking the right care – it includes information and guidance on how to choose and pay for care together with a directory of providers and the opportunity to provide feedback.
A general lack of awareness, combined with the fact that most people are seeking support at a time of crisis, increases the risk of people ending up with care that isn’t the most suitable for them; a quarter of adults who already use care provision say they struggled to find appropriate care and now feel they ended up with the wrong type of support. These findings highlight the need for Find Me Good Care to give people better choice and control through reliable information and advice.
Andrea Sutcliffe, CEO of SCIE, commented: “We know that the care system can be confusing and the research has confirmed that most people are unaware of their options – that’s why we’ve created this service. We have brought together comprehensive advice and guidance to help people take those all-important first steps in navigating the care and support system.
Planning ahead for you and your family’s care needs is something that few people consider doing. However, when the time does come to choose care, be it during a crisis, moving from child to adult services or something that is planned in advance, Find Me Good Care can help. Ultimately, it has been designed as a tool to help people choose support that fits their needs as well as their lifestyle. Needing care services shouldn’t challenge who we are as people.”
Jude Irwin, who has had to arrange care for her parents, said: “It has been an absolute minefield finding the right care for my parents. They both have dementia and I’ve never felt very clear about the options available for them. A website like Find Me Good Care would have been really helpful to me; I would have loved a place to go to say: ‘These are my circumstances – what are my options.’ You don’t always get that at social services or the GP.”
The range of services highlighted on Find Me Good Care aims to reframe what is thought of as ‘care’ in order to reflect people’s desire to stay independent and live the way they want to for as long as possible.
Care and support can be anything from care homes, help or care in your own home and home adaptations to assistance with dog walking, help with education and maintaining a social life. Services are relevant to adults of all with a need for care or support due to disability or illness, not just people in later life.
For more information visit www.findmegoodcare.co.uk