As mum to a young woman with learning disabilities and autism, Kate’s been thinking about how Making it Real could inspire personal assistants and support staff to help people like her daughter achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
The Making it Real I statement, “I know what my rights are and can get information and advice on all the options for my health, care and housing” applies to carers and also to the people we care for. It is matched by the We statement, “We make sure people know their legal rights and responsibilities”.
Chris Jeffery, a person with lived experience and campaigner for paid carer's leave at Mending the Gap, offers his hopes for the Green paper and a practical solution that employers adopt Making it Real.
For many the experience of being interviewed to check for eligibility for a personal independence payment can be demoralising and disempowering. Pamela Holmes, consultant and novelist recounts her friend's experience.
As a working carer of fifty years, I warmly welcome the long awaited Carers Action Plan 2018-2020 and its recognition that ‘it makes good business sense to consider what flexible working practices might help both the employer and the employee’.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with a group of people working in Health and Social Care in Wigan who are really trying to transform the offer of social care support in the town. They want to use Individual Service Funds (ISF’s) to help make this happen.