'When my funding runs out, I do not know where I will turn. I don’t want to die a pauper … I want an honest, fair and just deal, and that is something none of us receive.' David, 76, pictured centre, above.
Take action today
It will take just a few minutes to send a message to your MP to highlight the importance of the Care Bill. The more messages that are sent, the more MPs will understand the impact of a failing care system and take action to end the care crisis once and for all.
We need to make the Government understand that reform of the social care system is urgently needed. But to do that, we need more stories like David’s above that show the extent of the crisis some people have to face.
If you, or a loved one have your own story about the care system you're happy to share, please get in touch. Every care story is important, but we're particularly interested in people who have:
For an informal chat, get in touch by writing, emailing or phoning us. All stories will be treated sensitively and your story will never be used without your prior consent.
You can write to:
Age UK Campaigns2nd Floor Tavis House1 – 6 Tavistock SquareLondonWC1H 9NA
Alternatively, email email@example.com or call 020 303 31712.
Social care supports people with care and support needs that arise from age or disability to retain or recover their independence. Social care can include:
Social care should enable people to live with dignity, maintain a good quality of life, help people to remain independent, stay active and protect them in situations where they are vulnerable.
After months of campaigning, including more than 130,000 people signing the Care in Crisis petition, the Government have published their White Paper, detailing its plans to reform the social care system.We are encouraged by the Government's proposals, which include an end to the postcode lottery in what care services older people receive, increased access to services for older people and their carers, and a commitment to cap the costs of care. However, no decision was made on how to fund the system.
If you need some inspiration, why not listen to Marian's story? She wanted the care and support her father received to enable him to live safely and with self-respect:
Read the stories of 7 people who've had poor experiences with the current care system, and why they're supporting our campaign.
Download our Care in Crisis report (PDF, 1MB)
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Do you feel strongly about the care crisis?Age UK is working with Gransnet - the online forum for older people - to help you find others to chat to and swap advice and stories.
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