Author: Age NI
Published on 20 September 2012 10:00 AM
Age NI welcomes publication of DHSSPS Report, Who Cares? The Future of Adult Social Care and Support in NI.
Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive commented, ‘We very much welcome a renewed focus on the future of adult social care and support. Age NI has been calling for a debate on the future of our broken social care system for a long time.
Anne commented, ‘Older people and their families are being let down at times when they need support most. Experience tells us that older people, their families, and indeed society in general, are not well-informed about current arrangements for the provision of social care. Many feel that the system is unfair.
‘Age NI has developed a vision for social care to help fuel this debate. Our vision is for quality, integrated social care that recognises the rights, aspirations and diversity of us all, and is based on the right to live with dignity, independence, security and choice. In addition, we have developed a series of tests to ensure that the reform of social care is comprehensive. These are quality, clarity, equality and human rights, independence, sustainability and affordability.
‘It is important that the reform of social care proposes radical and realistic improvements that will be capable of delivering the change that is needed. At the heart of our vision is a system that enhances wellbeing and independence so that older people can continue to engage socially and maintain their self-esteem, dignity and purpose.’