Adult Social Care: Views from the Sector - Pathway Project
Pathway Project is one of the UK’s leading charities helping to support victims of domestic abuse. The charity was founded by Kathy Coe who has since been awarded an MBE for her services to the community. As a more specialist provider of care, they are able to offer insight that shows both the depth of the care sector and the importance of considering all aspects of care when considering future policy.
In the third part of our series on adult social care, we spoke to Kathy Coe MBE about the need to place care funding as a governmental priority and the importance of considering the depth of the sector, from direct providers to more specialist charities such as hers. She told us:
“Eleanor Smith MP asked a question this week during Prime Minister’s Questions about when the long-delayed and awaited green paper on social care will be published. The same question has been asked by a number of MPs over a long period, as the paper was due to be published in the summer of 2018 and then has been delayed over and over again.
“Adult social care covers provision for older people, those with conditions such as dementia and people with physical or learning disabilities. While the politicians debate and consider, people in need of long-term support and help are trapped in a system which relies heavily on family and friends providing informal support at no cost to the government but at huge cost to their lives and health.
“An important but small one per cent of the funding covers the provision of domestic abuse women’s refuges. The funding mix is complicated and split between housing support and care. This needs to be sustainably funded if this vital provision is to be safeguarded.”
“It is possibly a case that Brexit has taken priority over all other issues, but at the heart of the matter, I believe that funding is the main consideration. This is the major factor for local, and national government, and the NHS. For those living with high unmet needs, this fades into insignificance in relation to their daily struggles to survive without the help they need. They are facing indignity, uncertainty and isolation which will undoubtedly lead to depression and anxiety.
“The publication of the green paper is a much-needed beginning to the real debate and the funding for care needs to be clearly defined and sufficient to support the needs of those needing long- or short-term support. The level of care needs to be monitored and of good quality.
“How we care for our most vulnerable people in society is an indication of the level of our humanity. If measured before the changes, this will fall far short of what it should be and we need to make huge strides in order to protect those most in need of support.”