Author: Age NI
Published on 13 December 2011 11:30 AM
Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive commented, 'The Minister’s statement is a welcome response to the social care crisis that we are currently facing in Northern Ireland and we will consider these proposals carefully and assess the impact for older people.
'We hope this is a thorough fundamental review of social care that will put forward radical and sustainable changes to fix our broken social care system. We need to future-proof health and social care now so that people now in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s will have a system in place that actually meets their needs.
'Age NI has a vision of what social care should look like: 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. Strong political commitment and leadership will be needed to achieve a health and social care system that incorporates this vision. This Review needs to be more than just ‘rearranging the deck-chairs’ – it must generate a system that enhances wellbeing and independence, so that older people can continue to engage socially and maintain self-esteem, dignity and purpose.'