Why a sea-change is needed in the culture of care for vulnerable people

Unpaid carers tend to become more stressed and anxious when the care their loved one is receiving from others is inappropriate or unsatisfactory. Their endeavours to secure a good standard of care for their loved one in sheltered housing or supported living accommodation, a care home, or hospital, are often met with obstruction and negativity. Carers generally pull back from challenging unwelcome decisions about their loved one's care pathway or reporting neglect or abuse for fear of backlash. Service providers often encourage concerned carers to make an official complaint. This they are reluctant to do because the process is circular, ineffective, time-consuming and emotionally costly. Advocare can protect the carer's interests and those of their loved one.

Advocare's Charter for Carers

Research shows that at best carers are regarded as a resource and at worst as a nuisance by those working in the field of health, mental health and social care. Our casework shows the huge gap that exists between their attitudes and perceptions and the reality carers and their vulnerable loved ones experience. We are working to bring about a sea-change in what many regard as the callous culture of care. To help bring about this sea-change we are currently formulating Advocare's Charter for Carers, a 'rapid response' strategy to enable them to deal with their concerns more effectively. Underpinned by a legal framework, Advocare's Charter for Carers is being drawn up in the light of what carers have reported to us.

Help us to bring about a sea-change for carers

If you would like to help in bringing about this long-overdue sea-change in the culture of care for vulnerable people we would like to hear about your caregiving experiences. Together we can bring it about more quickly. Please ring Cathey on (01202) 737592.

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