Two out of three people in the UK say they have no plans to put any money aside to fund their social care in older age, research has found.
The survey of 1,000 people by three charities - Counsel and Care, Help the Aged, and Carers UK - found that when faced with a choice of local authority support, paying for a private service or turning to family and friends, two-thirds are likely to seek help from family or friends.
It also discovered that over two-thirds of people think the government is failing to provide adequate support to family members who care for older relatives.
Nearly half said finding out about social care is confusing, while 45% of people aged 65 and over said they were unclear about where and how to get help.
People want a more personalised care system: well over half would prefer to receive a cash sum direct from their local social services department, enabling them to arrange their own social care
'Right care, Right deal’ is the new joint national campaign launched to build public awareness and support for brave and innovative solutions for the social care system.
The Government has indicated that social care is an urgent political priority. In advance of an expected green paper in 2008, this campaign combines three of the UK’s largest charities working with older people, their families and carers to urge the Government to renew its vision for the future of social care in England.
Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Counsel and Care is a national charity getting the best care and support for older people, their families and carers by providing advice, information and financial support and by influencing future policies, services and funding.
Help the Aged is an international charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation and neglect.
Right care Right deal is a new coalition campaign to achieve the right solution for social care in England.
They want a future where people can live their lives, their way; supported by a care system which is funded through a clear, simple and sustainable deal, entered into by the state, community, family and individuals. A social care system that:
Enables people to assess their own needs and to choose the right support.
Is better funded, sustainable and more efficient
Supports families and carers as an integral part of the system
Reaches more people, earlier
Offers individuals a fair, simple and consistent deal
Is easy to understand, access and use.
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