Imagine that one day your Mum is at home enjoying her retirement. She has always been highly independent, fit and well. Until the day she has a stroke.
After a short stay in hospital she comes home. But life is different now. It’s much harder for her to do everyday things. She struggles getting in and out of the bath and even using the shower is a challenge. There are times when reaching the toilet is too much. You have to face the fact that she cannot manage on her own any more.
You do the most sensible thing. You get in touch with Mum’s local social services. You explain the difficulties she is now having. They assess her needs. You hope this leads to some carers coming in to give Mum a hand with those things she is finding too much, like getting to the toilet, washing and preparing simple meals.
But the Council says no. They tell you that she has too much in savings, or that they can only pay for those people with worse needs than hers.
This may seem like a shocking scenario. But this is what hundreds of thousands of older people, their family and friends are facing on a daily basis.
Care in Crisis campaign
Today, we launched the latest phase of Age UK’s Care in Crisis campaign, aiming to finally put an end to the care crisis that so many older people face.
The reason? Currently, we find ourselves at a really crucial moment in the journey to reform the care and support system. Last week the Care Bill was introduced to the House of Lords. It’s difficult to overstate how important this is. The measures contained in the Care Bill have the potential to make great strides to creating a system where all older people can get the care they need.
But the Bill is not perfect. There are elements that could be strengthened, as well as questions around who will be eligible for care and how the Government will ensure that the system is adequately funded.
There are lots of different ways to get involved in the campaign, where you can join thousands of others who have already sent a message to the Government calling for change.
- ‘Lobby a Lord’ – send an email to a member of the House of Lords so they know just how important the Care Bill is.
- Find out more about Leslie and Frances, two people who have been affected by the care crisis.
- Take a look at our interactive video, based on real-life examples, where you can see what the care crisis means for older people.
- Read our new campaign report.
- Share your experience of care and support, both good and bad.
- Tweet and share the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.
As the campaign progresses, we will have more opportunities to put pressure on the Government which you can support.
Together, we can make a big difference for older people, making sure that people like your Mum would be able to get the care she might need.