Former carers: The Way Ahead

New booklet launched by Care Alliance Ireland

The Way Ahead, a new booklet aimed at former family carers, was launched this week by Care Alliance Ireland.

The Way Ahead

This resource aims to help people who are no longer providing care to a partner, family member or friend, usually because the person has died or is living in residential care. It discusses feelings that former carers often have when their caring role has ended and gives information on practical matters and support services that may be available. The booklet also features quotes from former carers and short videos.

To produce this booklet, Care Alliance has worked with a number of former family carers and not-for-profit organisations, including the Irish Hospice Foundation, Health Service Executive (HSE) Ireland, University College Cork (UCC) and West Cork Carers Support Group. Funding has been provided by the National Lottery and the Department of Rural and Community Development via Pobal.

This booklet is available in hard copy and online from Care Alliance Ireland

‘Urgent injection of funds needed into social care’

Caroline Abrahams, co-chair of the Care and Support Alliance : ‘urgent injection of funds needed into social care’

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made a speech on reform to the social care system and outline seven principals for reform.

Care and Support Alliance

Responding to the speech, Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK and co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance said:

“The devil will be in the detail of the Social Care Green Paper but the ‘seven principles’ Jeremy Hunt announced are encouraging because they suggest the Paper will consider the things that really do matter to older people and disabled people in need of care – like ensuring service quality & a strong & motivated workforce.”

“It was also good to hear a definite commitment from the Government to publishing the long overdue Carers Action Plan in advance of the Green Paper itself, with the latter pledged ‘before the summer’.”

“But however positive the Green Paper turns out to be it won’t in  itself solve the dire funding problems facing social care today. There’s no avoiding the need for an urgent injection of Government funds into social care now, in our view.”