Our response to the 2022 Autumn Statement
Melanie Blanksby, Dementia Carers Count CEO said: “We welcome today’s announcement of additional funding for social care. Our research shows that more than half of family dementia carers receive no support at all. They feel trapped, alone and broken. It is not surprising that most are reaching crisis, and deeply concerning that one in five are reaching crisis on a regular basis.
“We would like to see all 700,000 family carers, who provide vital support to people with dementia, benefit from tailored care packages. However, we have concerns that despite the additional funding, carers will still struggle to access the support they need. Our research shows that nearly 60% of family dementia carers have not had a Carer’s Assessment. These assessments should be a straightforward means of connecting carers with support. If Carers Assessments are not in fact happening in the first place, then how will carers’ individual needs be identified and met?
“More funding is vital, but there is an urgent need to improve carer outreach and make it easier for carers to access support. We look forward to a long-term plan which addresses this need and includes commitments to a well-resourced and skilled adult social care workforce. This will enable all family carers to be supported according to their needs and wishes, which include having a single point of contact, emotional support, clear information about dementia diagnosis, treatment and care and opportunities to have time away from caring responsibilities. Such an approach will enable carers not just to survive, but also to thrive.”
For more information please contact:
Helen Pyper – Head of Policy and Campaigns