Parliamentarians have called on the Government to commit to a more positive and resilient approach to adult social care based on greater visibility, greater choice and control for care recipients and unpaid carers.
A new House of Lords report warns that the continued invisibility of the adult social care sector will increasingly damage the sector, its users and its workforce.
A “gloriously ordinary life”: Spotlight on adult social care, demands the following from Government:
1. Create the national imperative
- deliver realistic, predictable and long-term funding
- develop a realistic workforce plan
- establish a Commissioner for Care and Support to strengthen the voice and identity of the sector
- embed wellbeing, choice, and control in policy Care Act 2014, rooted in wellbeing, choice, and control
- ensure that the voice of social care is heard within Integrated Care Systems.
2. Prepare for the future
- recognise that more people will be ageing without children
- invest in better knowledge and data to inform better policy.
3. Better choice and control for care recipients
- enabling disabled people and older adults a genuine choice as to who supports them and access direct payments more easily;
- providing accessible housing and assistive technology to achieve independent living;
- working with social care staff to promote the skills to co-produce care;
- enabling people to determine who supports them, and what relationship they want with their family and friend.