Quality social care
Right now, nearly a million families affected by dementia in the UK are struggling to get the support and care that they need and deserve
While dementia isn’t curable yet, we can cure the care system.
Watch our video below to see how the social care system is failing people affected by dementia.
What is the problem with the care system?
Social care is failing. Decades of under-funding has led to a system that’s difficult to access, costly, inadequate and unfair.
Until it changes, people living with dementia and their friends and family will feel its destructive effects.
We are campaigning for a care system where:
People affected by dementia are able to live the life they want, with greater independence, choice and control.
Social care is of the highest quality and better meets the individual needs of people affected by dementia.
Social care is free at the point of use and easy to access for all people affected by dementia.
We want to see a social care system that is fit for the future; one that provides quality care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live.
Have a read of our report, Stabilise, Energise, Realise (PDF), to see our long-term plan for how we can make this sort of social care system a reality.
What has the government promised to do?
The government published a White Paper in December 2021, setting out their plans for a 10-year program of reform to the social care system. They announced three objectives:
People have choice, control, and support to live independent lives.
People can access outstanding quality and tailored care and support.
People find adult social care fair and accessible.
What do we think?
After the publication of the White Paper, James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society said:
'It’s great to see detailed plans from the Government today that truly have the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living with dementia in England. While they won’t fix social care overnight, they have put us firmly on the right path.
But ambitious proposals are not enough - they will fail if the Government tries to fund social care on the cheap through stingy funding settlements.
‘After the thousands of individual tragedies we’ve heard about during the pandemic, with so many people with dementia dying or suffering irreversible damage, the Government must seize the opportunity to be serious about social care reform and put some transformative funding behind these potentially life-changing plans.
‘Only then will we have a quality social care system we can all be proud of.'
Will you help us push the government to keep their promises?
Let’s make sure that people with dementia are able to access the care they deserve, when they need it. Become a campaigner today.
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