Creating a community-led approach that is more person-centred
Those who work to support the elderly will be very aware of the ‘care crisis’; an increasing elderly population and a lack of resources and funds to provide adequate care and support for them. In many cases, family members are taking on the responsibility of caring for loved ones, which impacts on their immediate financial circumstances and their future pension and employment prospects.
Some statistics from Carers UK, highlight the scale of this issue:
- 6,506,257 is the number of carers in the UK in 2011
- £119bn is the value of unpaid care per year
- 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives
- There will be 9 million carers in the UK by 2037
Carers UK (May 2014) Policy Briefing. Facts about Carers from 2011 census – Link. (Accessed on 05/09/2016).
The figures warn that the problem is set to increase. Public sector resources for the NHS and Adult Social Care are under strain. Peoples’ money pensions have been unstable in recent years and in many cases no longer guarantee the expected quality of life into old age. Many older adults are lonely and lack connection with others.
The current social care model is unsustainable, especially for older adults. Many have pursued technological advances to offer a better quality of life. Whilst such aids are of great practical assistance, G&TC believe that real human care and support is irreplaceable. A sincere listening ear and a helping pair of hands cannot be replaced by any technological method. We all need to feel connected to others and older adults are often isolated and alone.
In response to this challenge, G&TC seeks to achieve the following:
- Relieve the NHS and Social Services of some financial strain
- Create a community-led approach that is more person-centred
- Create and enhance social capital by ‘upskilling’ people to give better care
- Offer a financially independent solution – independent from government, business or charity funds.