Friends & Family News banner.SeeAbility’s vision is ‘For inclusive communities where people with sight loss, autism, and learning disabilities participate as equal citizens.’ Social care is a big part of this. It provides for personal care needs, as well as daily living support, and crucially support people to become an active member of their communities.

What does SeeAbility want to see change?

James with his support worker CarlWe have 10 key recommendations for reform:

  1. We’re calling for a social care system that puts human rights, inclusion and equality at its heart.

  2. That stops people from reaching crisis point and is coordinated around the person and their families. Hospitals (ATUs) should not become homes for people who have been failed by social care.

  3. Government must address the immediate funding crisis in social care.

  4. In the years ahead there needs to be a long term plan for social care that raises money nationally through eg. tax or national insurance - rather than solutions that rely on more means testing/council tax rises.

  5. That plan should protect (ringfence) the money for social care, much like the NHS – and needs independent oversight into how much money the system needs.

  6. Government should ensure the social care workforce is as valued as the NHS, supported by a national strategy that sorts out pay and the impact of Brexit.

  7. There should be a lead person to help coordinate health and social care around the person, reducing multiple assessments.

  8. People should be helped to challenge decisions on their care, which means more investment in advocacy and peer to peer support.

  9. There should be better inspection and rating by CQC of the way that councils run and pay for social care services.

  10. There needs to be raised awareness in social care of the vision problems many people with learning disabilities have, and better support for people to live independently with sight loss.