Response to comments about Neighbourhood Watch
Published on 15 July 2013 11:00 AM
Age UK responds to comments from Norman Lamb, Care Minister on Neighbourhood Watch groups helping to care for older people.
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK said:
'Age UK would encourage people to be good neighbours and friends to the millions of lonely and isolated older people living in our communities who would appreciate seeing a friendly face.
'Good neighbours can make a real difference but are no substitute for a well-supported care system which helps people with a range of care needs, including everyday tasks such as washing and dressing.
Often helping older people with these tasks can require specialist skills such as manual handling so that older people are treated safely with sensitivity and dignity.
'Also, already 1 in 8 adults is an unpaid carer, with 1.25m caring for more than 50 hours a week.
'Sadly we know too many older people are being forced to struggle on alone, robbed of their dignity and independence because the social care system is currently under-funded.
'Neighbours can go so far, but we must face up to the reality of our ageing population and the Government must commit to funding the professional care and support they need.'
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