Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in adult social care.
Welcome to the November 2016 Developments in Adult Social Care Bulletin. The bulletin contains brief details of news, research reports, journal articles and government policy relating to adult social care.




Older people

Older people continued...

Physical disabilities and sensory impairment

Mental health




Social care for people subject to immigration control

Community Care has published an article by legal trainer Belinda Schwehr which explains how immigration, social care and human rights law interact to determine care entitlements for people from abroad.
Article: How the law restricts entitlements to social care for people from abroad

Commissioning for connected care, homes and communities

TSA, the industry body for technology enabled care, has published 'Putting people first: commissioning for connected care, homes and communities'. This report looks at how the care technology sector supports health and social care commissioners to commission technology enabled care services that meet the growing and changing needs of the entire system.
Report: Putting people first: commissioning for connected care, homes and communities

Menu of preventative interventions

Public Health England has published a document which outlines public health interventions that can improve the health of the population and reduce health and care service demand. The guidance aims to support local planning processes and can be used to inform local commissioning strategies and plans. It follows the publication of the NHS shared planning guidance and the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme for 2017 to 2019.
Guidance: Local health and care planning: menu of public health interventions

Adult social care market shaping

The Department of Health has published guidance on adult social care market shaping. The aim of the guidance is to help people and organisations understand adult social care market shaping and how to take action. It is aimed at people who buy social care services, including local authority and clinical commissioning group commissioners, as well as personal budget holders and people who fund their own care, care service providers and potential investors in the care sector.
Guidance: Adult social care: market shaping

Building the future social care workforce

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has published a paper which looks at three hypothetical future scenarios, and how the sector might respond to the challenges and opportunities those scenarios offer in relation to recruiting, training and retaining care workers. The paper suggests several actions that could attract more skilled care workers, including changing the brand and language of care and support as terms like ‘social care worker’ may no longer best describe the complexity of the role, and developing and promote portfolio careers, with more flexibility and opportunities that reflect people’s lifestyles (e.g. returning to work after bringing up families).
Press release: Care workers: building the future social care workforce
Paper: Care workers: building the future social care workforce

NHS continuing healthcare 'fundamentally flawed and failing'

Parkinson's UK in association with the Continuing Healthcare Alliance has published a report which claims that the NHS continuing healthcare system in England is 'fundamentally flawed and failing the most vulnerable in society'. NHS continuing healthcare is free healthcare provided outside of hospital by the NHS. Its aim is to enable people to go on living as full and independent a life as possible. However the new 'Continuing to care?' report reveals that the system is complicated, confusing and intimidating for those who desperately rely on it. The Continuing Healthcare Alliance - an alliance of charities including Parkinson's UK, Age UK, Sue Ryder, Carers Trust, Marie Curie and the Stroke Association - is calling for NHS England and the Department of Health to urgently address the numerous shortcomings of the system to ensure that people in the greatest need are not abandoned.
Article: NHS continuing healthcare failing the most vulnerable
Report: Continuing to care report

Review reveals rise in home care complaints

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published its Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2015/16. The review reveals that the LGO has seen a 25% rise in complaints about the home care received by vulnerable people in England over the past year. Complaints about home care received by the Ombudsman include care workers being late for or missing appointments, not staying long enough and not doing what they should – including not treating people with the dignity they deserve. Of those complaints the Ombudsman investigated in detail, 65% were upheld. During the year the LGO received a 6% increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care. It upheld 58% of all cases investigated in detail, increased from 55% on the previous year.
News story: Ombudsman’s annual review highlights concerns about quality of homecare

Delivering adult social care in challenging times

The County Councils Network has published a report outlining the issues and funding pressures facing county authorities in delivering adult social care, potentially leaving thousands of vulnerable people without the care and support to maintain their independence. The report warns that care funding cuts could lead to a ‘terminal’ impact on services and hold back health integration, with 88% of county directors of adult social care believing their budgets to be either ‘severe’ or ‘critical’, and only 12% saying current funding levels are ‘manageable’. The network has written to the Chancellor and Health Secretary on behalf of county authorities to request he brings forward at least £700 million of the Better Care Fund to 2017/18, to address the funding crisis now.
Press release: Care funding cuts could lead to a ‘terminal’ impact on services and hold back health integration, report warns
Report: Delivering adult social care in challenging times (PDF, 1.74Mb)

Virgin Care to run adult social care service

Community Care has reported that Richard Branson’s Virgin Care will run core adult social work services in Bath and North East Somerset, after the approval of a £700m contract to reshape community health and social care services. From April 2017, Virgin will run more than 200 services under the deal including three statutory services – adult social care, continuing healthcare and children’s community health. The deal marks the first time a privately-owned profit-making firm will deliver statutory adult social work functions.
Article: Landmark deal for private firm to run social work service approved

Transforming social care through the use of information and technology

The Local Government Association's Care and Health Improvement Programme and the Institute of Public Care have launched a report on the role and use of technology in the transformation of social care and integration across care and health. The report aims to highlight the emerging role of technology in transforming social care services and enabling care and health integration - including case studies of the introduction and use of technology to deliver improved outcomes for social care service users and, in the context of integration, patients. It also showcases the current and future roles of technology in facilitating demand management, delivering cost efficiencies, and mitigating against systemic risks. The report, which draws on examples of innovative practice, covers five key themes: integrating services and information for children, families and adults; enabling people to interact with care services through digital channels; promoting independence and wellbeing through the use of digital services and technology; integrating commissioning through the improved use of information and analysis, and enabling care professionals to work from any base at any time. It also considers enablers for transformation including strategy and leadership engagement and collaboration with citizens and professionals.
Report: Transforming social care through the use of information and technology

Stay well this winter

NHS England and Public Health England have launched a national campaign to help people prepare for winter weather. The campaign aims to encourage people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to be ready for the colder season and to seek immediate advice and help from a pharmacist as soon as they feel unwell, before their condition gets more serious.
News story: National NHS campaign urges people to stay well this winter

Funding pressures on health and social care

The King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation are urging the government to address the critical state of social care in its forthcoming Autumn Statement. The briefing calls on the government to recognise the immediate funding pressures facing the sector by bringing forward to next year funding from the Better Care Fund which is planned to reach £1.5 billion in 2019/20. It also makes it clear that the NHS funding settlement will need to be revisited in future financial statements.
Statement: The Autumn Statement: joint statement on health and social care

Adult social care crisis deepens

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has published the findings of a snapshot survey of 129 of the 152 directors of adult social services in England which reveal projected overspends of almost £0.5 billion (£441million), further closures of residential and nursing homes and increased handing back of contracts, together with increased pressure from the NHS. ADASS claim councils are planning to use their reserves and other one-off funding to plug the huge gap, and that adult social care is entering a 'perfect storm' which is impacting on vulnerable people who are getting less help and whose need for care won’t stop. The Association stresses that urgent and significant government investment is needed now to address funding for the sector.
Article: Adult social care: evidence of deepening crisis

Social care under funding increasing strain on A&E 

The House of Commons Health Select Committee has published an inquiry report on winter planning in accident and emergency departments, and claimed the government urgently needs to address the under funding of adult social care to relieve pressure on A&E departments. The report suggests that unless the shortfall in social care provision is addressed, people will continue to face avoidable admission and delayed discharge from hospital.
News story: Adult social care underfunding is increasing the strain on A&E
Report: Planning for winter pressure in accident and emergency departments inquiry

Two films on co-producing services

Think Local Act Personal has launched two new films on co-producing public services with people who use services and carers. The films explain the different ways people can be involved in designing and delivering public services. The first film offers a short explanation of the different ways people can participate in changing health and care systems, while the second looks at three examples where co-production is enabling change, growth and empowerment at the strategic level, in service development and for individuals.
Article: Two new films on co-producing public services with people who use services and carers

Redrawing the health and social care architecture

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has published a report which explores that the role of national bodies in enabling and supporting the delivery of local health and care services. Over a six month period, PwC investigated what the public and staff working within the NHS think of its national architecture and explored what changes were required to better support local systems in delivering sustainable services in their areas. The findings show that deep frustration exists with the separation of roles and functions in the health and care system, and that there is little clarity about the role of local organisations in improving services. More than 70% of NHS staff felt there was a need for change to the current system and only 11% felt that current arrangements were effective.
Report: Redrawing the health and social care architecture

Engaging and empowering communities

Think Local Act Personal has published a set of principles and actions to make sure community centered approaches are embedded in health and social care services. 'Engaging and Empowering Communities: A Shared Commitment and Call to Action' presents a case for working collaboratively to create strong and empowered communities, and for this to be central to the transformation of the health and care sector. The document offers a ‘shared narrative’, agreed by leaders including people who use services, professionals and carers, which describes the conditions that are needed to create strong and inclusive communities.
Article: Sector leaders reach consensus on conditions for building engaging and empowering communities
Document: Engaging and empowering communities: a shared commitment and call to action

A five year forward view for social care

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has published a paper which explores the potential for scaling up the most promising examples of care and support services to see what their impact would be on outcomes and costs. Using real data from Birmingham City Council, SCIE has scaled up three models to estimate their potential benefits. The models are: Shared Lives, which provides family-based support for older people and people with disabilities; Age UK’s Living Well scheme, which involved providing low-level support to day-to-day living and utilising asset-based resources to promote empowerment and well-being, and Kent County Council's hospital discharge project which introduced social care discharge coordinators into hospitals, using a reablement approach. SCIE argues that the NHS benefits from having the Five Year Forward View which sets out a case for up-front investment in the NHS – but that no such case has been made for social care, and is aiming to start a series of national and local discussions which re-imagine how we can lead good lives, in good places for people with support needs - building on well-evidenced innovative models from across the UK.
Article: Total transformation - creating a five year forward view for social care
Paper: Creating the five year forward view for social care

The state of adult social care funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that two-thirds of people polled by Populus Data Solutions for the LGA believe a greater share of the total health budget should be spent on care for the elderly and disabled provided by councils, and published a state of the nation report into adult social care funding. The LGA suggests that while adult social care is an absolutely vital public service that supports some of our most vulnerable people and promotes the wellbeing and independence of many more, a lack of recognition in terms of profile has combined with a lack of recognition in terms of funding to place our care and support system under enormous pressure. The report concludes that the message that adult social care is underfunded is unanimous and unequivocal, and the urgent calls for additional funding are being made loud and clear from across the sector, but claims these calls may ultimately go unanswered (at least in terms of an answer the sector deems adequate) if adult social care is not seen as a priority by the public. Therefore, while it is right – and essential – that the sector continues to press the government for additional funding now, there is a longer-term game to be played to make adult social care a public priority.
Press release: Social care should receive greater funding - LGA poll
Report: Adult social care funding: 2016 state of the nation report

Health and housing

NHS England has published a health and housing guide which provides practical resources and information for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from a range of national and local organisations on how housing and health can work together to prevent and reduce hospital admissions, length of stay, delayed discharge, readmission rates and ultimately improve outcomes, particularly by promoting equality and reducing health inequalities in accessing services through integration. The guide highlights approaches already tested out by local housing providers and commissioners – often in partnership with their health and social care counterparts, including Sheffield’s Stay Put and Handyperson Service that aims to see people discharged home within 48 hours.

Older people

Concern about abuse and neglect in care homes

Independent Age has published the findings of research which suggests that over half of British adults (52%) believe that abuse and neglect in care homes for the elderly is common. Of those, many say their opinion is based on personal experience - either knowing someone in a care home (15%), working in a care home (5%), or hearing personal experience from others (25%). The charity is calling for new measures to understand the scale of the problem.
Press release: Personal experience a key reason for concern about abuse and neglect in care homes, says new research
Report: Shining a light on care: Helping people make better care home choices

Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Public Health England has published 'Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults'. The guidance is intended for local authority and clinical commissioning groups to identify what types of interventions they should focus on to help the uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours and promote cognitive health among older adults living in the community. It is also intended for providers of lifestyle behaviour change programmes to support the development of evidence-informed prevention packages for older adults.
Guidance: Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Shortages in care for older people

The Family and Childcare Trust has published a report which suggests that four in five local authorities in the UK do not have enough older people's care in their area to meet demand. Shortages in care are greater among certain types of care. While 84% of local authorities in the UK said they had enough availability for care home places, that figure falls to 48% for home care, and 44% for extra care homes. Shortages are biggest among care for the most vulnerable older people: just 32% of local authorities report having enough nursing homes with specialist dementia support. Local authorities also reported large data gaps regarding the numbers of self-funders in their area and the fees self-funders pay to providers. Nearly 3 in 4 local authorities in the UK were not able to provide data on the rates that self-funders pay. Where information was available, Family and Childcare Trust calculations show that self-funder fees for all residential types are 20% more expensive than fees paid by local authorities, and that at the average cost of £16 an hour for 21 hours a week of home care, it will take a self-funder just 1 year and 1 month to go through £20,000 worth of savings.
Article: Shortages in care fail UK's older people
Report: Older People’s Care Survey 2016

Shocking reality of dementia homecare

The Alzheimer’s Society has published the findings of an investigation which has exposed a vicious cycle where a lack of dementia training for homecare workers results in intolerable stress for people with dementia, families and carers - and for the homecare workers themselves. A survey of over 1220 people affected by dementia found that only 2% of respondents felt that homecare workers have enough dementia training. Poor quality homecare is leaving too many people with dementia spending the day in soiled clothing, going without food or water, or ending up in costly hospital or care home admissions when they could have stayed at home, where they want to be, for longer. The charity is urging the public to sign their petition asking the government to fix a broken homecare system. The petition calls for funding for training to counteract years of cuts to social care budgets and to ensure the workforce have the skills to provide dementia care that’s needed.
Article: Shocking reality of dementia homecare hidden behind closed doors

1.2m older people don’t get the social care they need

Age UK has reported that the number of older people in England who don’t get the social care they need has soared to a new high of 1.2 million – up by 48% since 2010. The analysis by Age UK finds that since 2010, 383,900 more people aged 65 or over are now living with some level of unmet need. This means nearly 1 in 8 older people are struggling without the help they need to carry out essential everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed, going to the toilet, washing and getting dressed.
Article: 1.2m older people don't get the social care they need

Staying connected in older age

Independent Age has launched a new advice guide designed to help older people recognise why they might feel lonely and offering tips for simple steps they can take to reduce loneliness, showing them that feelings of loneliness need not be out of their control and need not last indefinitely. The charity claims that more than one in three (35%) of those aged 75 and over in Great Britain say that feelings of loneliness are out of their control, equivalent to more than 1.8 million people, and almost one in four (23%) worry about how often they feel lonely, an estimated 1.2 million people. 
Press release: One third of older people say feelings of loneliness are out of their control
Guide: If you’re feeling lonely: How to stay connected in older age

Cuts leaving older people without adequate care

Unison has published a report based on the findings of a survey of 1,075 staff including care assistants, day care organisers, home care staff and residential care workers, which reveal the impact of budget cuts on care for older people. The report claims that vulnerable older people are being denied regular showers and visits to the toilet because of cuts to social care budgets. Unison is calling for the government to use the £2.4 billion in unallocated business rates to ease the care funding crisis, claiming local council taxpayers would also benefit, as the extra funding would remove the need for the 2% social care council tax precept. The union has published a map of local authorities showing how much extra money each local council would get for social care next year if the government accepted the proposal.
Article: Care cuts crisis leaving older people without adequate care, says UNISON
Article: Chancellor should use £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to ease the care funding crisis, says UNISON
Article: More money for social care is needed – but what does that mean for your area?

War pensions in social care financial assessments

The Department of Health has carried out a short consultation to seek the views of local authorities on the formula by which the £14 million funding to cover the cost of the War Pensions disregard in 2017-18 should be allocated to individual local authorities. The two week consultation closed on 21 November to enable the government to announce the result alongside the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement in December.
Consultation: War pensions in social care financial assessments

Visiting rights in care homes

The Care Quality Commission has produced information for people on their visiting rights in care homes. The guidance has been published in the light of reports on BBC radio of cases where relatives who have raised concerns about care homes have experienced visiting restrictions or their loved ones have been forced to leave against their wishes. The information clarifies people's rights and CQC's expectations of providers.
News story: Information for people on their visiting rights in care homes
Guidance: Visiting someone in a care home

Listening to people with dementia and their carers

The Department of Health has announced a new listening programme to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers starts in England. The programme will include different ways of gathering people’s views and experiences, both in person and online, including an online survey and discussions in local dementia groups. The programme’s scope will cover the 5 main themes in the Dementia Challenge 2020 Implementation Plan: health and care; risk reduction; dementia awareness and social action; research, and continuing the UK’s global leadership role. The DH will use feedback, data and information gathered to inform the formal review of the Implementation Plan in 2018.
News story: Listening to people with dementia and their carers

Using data to identify good quality care for older people

The Nuffield Trust has published a report on using data to identify good quality care for older people. The report describes the results of a pilot analysis of the effectiveness of using routine health care data to determine areas that have made quality improvements in the care of frail and older people over time. It concludes that there is scope to use these methods and approaches not only to track past change, but also as part of real-time monitoring of ongoing interventions.
Report: Using data to identify good quality care for older people

Physical disabilities and sensory impairment


The impact of the Care Act on disabled people's lives

In Control, on behalf of the Independent Living Strategy group, has published a report which presents the findings of an online survey looking at what impact the Care Act is having on the day-to-day lives of disabled people living in England today. Just under half (48%) of all respondents reported that the choice and control they enjoyed over their support was poor or very poor, and over half (58%) of respondents reported that their quality of life had reduced, or reduced significantly, over the past twelve months. The report concludes that local authorities need to do more to meet the expectations of the Care Act. In Control has provided a planning template for use locally that highlights key areas that the survey shows needs to be addressed and contrasting them against the requirements of the Care Act as they are set out in the Care Act statutory guidance. The intention of the tool is to focus local action and foster joint working between local authorities and user led organisations to address the issues highlighted in the report in whatever way is most appropriate locally.
Article: Report on the Independent Living Survey 2016

Work, health and disability consultation

The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health have published 'Improving lives: the work, health and disability green paper'. Employment rates among disabled people reveal one of the most significant inequalities in the UK today: less than half (48%) of disabled people are in employment compared to 80% of the non-disabled population. The green paper sets out the nature of the problem and why change is needed by employers, the welfare system, health and care providers, and all of us, and proposes solutions to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The government has launched a consultation on the proposals in the green paper, which closes on 17 February 2017, and will be talking to disabled people and people with long-term conditions, their families and carers, health and social care professionals, their representative bodies, local and national organisations, employers and charities over the coming months around how disabled people and people with long-term health conditions can be best supported to get into, and to stay in, work.
Consultation: Work, health and disability: consultation

Helping disabled people and those with long term conditions into work

NHS England, along with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health (DH), has announced it will invest £70 million over the next four years to test different ways to support people with a disability or long term condition to get in and stay in work. To kick-start this programme of work, NHS England, DH and DWP have announced that they will be working with Sheffield City Region and the West Midlands Combined Authority to develop trials that will test new ways of supporting people as they enter, re-enter and stay in work. Sheffield City Region and West Midlands Combined Authority will receive financial investment as well as access to expert support to progress the design of their trials over the coming months. The trials will focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions, the two conditions most commonly reported by those out of work. Sheffield City Region are developing a trial that will test how the principles of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) could be expanded to support a broader range of patients, improve access to musculoskeletal services and improve local referrals between health and employment services. The trials will be initiated in 2017 and run for 2-3 years, with interim results after the first year to enable spread of successful services to other areas.
News story: NHS England supporting new trials to help disabled people and those with long term conditions into work

Mental health

Monitoring the Mental Health Act

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act. Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16 looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected.
Report: Monitoring the Mental Health Act report

Forensic mental health social work

The Department of Health has published a capabilities framework for post-qualifying progression and development for social workers practising within forensic mental health settings.
Guidance: Forensic mental health social work: capabilities framework

Social prescribing improving mental health discharge

Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) has published an evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Mental Health Pilot - developed to help people with mental health conditions overcome the barriers which prevent discharge from secondary mental health care services. The 12-month pilot - which has now been extended to March 2017 - helps service users build and direct their own packages of support by encouraging them to access personalised services provided by local voluntary and community groups. The evaluation identified that the pilot helped increase the number of discharges from mental health services and improved the social and emotional wellbeing of the service users. 156 service users were referred to the pilot, with 136 (87%) taking up one of the voluntary and community services available, such as sports groups, craft classes, cookery courses, swimming, learning programmes, employment skills, yoga, and therapeutic art groups. As well as the positive impact on service users, the report also estimated that social prescribing services could save local NHS services £4,281 for each discharged service user per year.
News story: Social prescribing improving mental health discharge rates 
Report: Evaluation of the Rotherham Mental Health Social Prescribing Pilot (PDF, 705Kb)

Managing stress and supporting people with mental health problems

The Mental Health Foundation has published two new guides - one on supporting someone with a mental health problem, and the other on managing and reducing stress.
Guide: Supporting someone with a mental health problem
Guide: Managing and reducing stress

Men less likely to seek mental health medical support

The Mental Health Foundation has published the findings of a YouGov survey of over 2,500 people with lived experiences of mental health problems which reveal that men who have had a mental health problem are not only less likely than women to have sought medical support for their problem, they are also less likely to tell friends and family when a problem develops. When asked, 28% of men had not sought medical help for the last mental health problem they experienced compared to 19% of women. The survey also found that a third of women (33%) who disclosed a mental health problem to a friend or loved one did so within a month, compared to only a quarter of men (25%), and over a third of men (35%) waited more than 2 years or have never disclosed a mental health problem to a friend or family member, compared to a quarter of women (25%). The charity is urging men to be more open and honest about mental health, and stressing that when “suicide is the leading cause of death for young men, we all have a responsibility to push for cultural change.”
News story: Survey of people with lived experience of mental health problems reveals men less likely to seek medical support

Improve mental health training for GPs and practice nurses

Mind has published a report which highlights how little training GPs and practice nurses are being offered in mental health. Data obtained by the mental health charity shows that in England, on average, less than half (46%) of trainee GPs undertook a training placement in a mental health setting. Practice nurses are being let down too. More than four in five (82%) practice nurses said they feel ill-equipped to deal with aspects of mental health for which they’re responsible. More than two in five (42%) said they’d had no mental health training at all. The charity is calling on the government ensure all GPs and practice nurses receive structured mental health training that is comprehensive, relevant and supports their ongoing development.
News story: GPs and practice nurses aren't getting enough mental health training
Report: ‘Better equipped, better care: Improving mental health training for GPs and practice nurses' (PDF, 2.78Mb)


Older carers' health at risk

Carers Trust has published the findings of a survey of more than 400 unpaid carers over the age of 65 which suggest that caring for their sick or disabled family is taking its toll on the health of the nation's elderly generation of carers. The Trust found more than half of older carers looking after their husbands, wives and other family members have put the person they care for first at the expense of their own health. Older carers have cancelled hospital and GP appointments and haven't taken time out to socialise or look after their own wellbeing, resulting in a massive 87% feeling lonely and isolated. The charity is calling for more support to allow carers to look after their own health while caring for their sick and disabled relative. This will help them to stay well while caring and get the necessary medical attention they need themselves, thereby preventing a crisis in the future.
Article: Older carers putting their health at risk to care for spouses and partners

House of Commons briefing on carers

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on carers. The briefing, published on Carers Rights Day 2016, on Friday 25 November 2016, provides information about the number of carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to carers and government policy on caring.
Briefing: Carers

Recognising caring role

Carers UK has published new research, based on findings from Carers UK’s State of Caring Survey 2016, which explores the time it takes for people to recognise they have taken on a caring role, and whether they had missed out on support because they simply didn’t think of themselves as a carer. The research and accompanying press release also looks at the impact that missing out on support can have across carers’ lives. The charity is using Carers Rights Day to reach as many of the 6.5 million carers in the UK as possible with information about their rights and the financial and practical help they are entitled to; including benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, respite and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role.
Press release: Years of missing out on support taking its toll on the health and finances of those caring for loved ones
Report: Missing out: the identification challenge

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