by Hilary Doxford So – what does a good #socialcarefuture mean for me and other people with dementia? As the World Dementia Council said, ‘we can retreat from the challenges of dementia or get on and defeat this disease. Retreating is not an option. Let’s get on with defeating it and until that day, making … Continue reading Towards a better future for people with dementia
By Clare Wightman I have to ‘fess up to feeling uncomfortable on these pages. I never thought what we did was ‘social care’ or that we were a ‘social care’ organisation. That language of care never didn’t and still doesn’t shape how we see ourselves. Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire is working with the strengths of … Continue reading It’s not a movement if it doesn’t move without you
By Joanne Harding Well, I guess the title of my blog isn’t strictly true. I have been around health and social care for the last 20 years - working in drug, alcohol and mental health services. The past four years as a councillor I have chaired a Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and been the … Continue reading Social Care – Observations from the new kid on the block
by Vidhya Alakeson In 2014 I wrote a book about personal health budgets. I don’t consider myself any great expert in health and social care but I thought I knew something about how the system worked. I was quickly proved wrong when my eighty-year old Dad had a brain hemorrhage at the end of May … Continue reading Three lessons from lived experience
Edel Harris – Chief Executive, Cornerstone There is no getting away from it – things in social care are challenging and it seems they are getting worse . With the emphasis on austerity and the resulting public service funding crisis, the social care sector in the UK has become an industry that in many cases … Continue reading Are we expecting too much …?
By Aisling Duffy Arranging homecare when mums’s dementia made life at home very difficult brought starkly into focus for me the role of the provider from a very personal perspective. We experienced a transactional, needs led process focussed largely on the tasks that mum and dad would need help with, the hours, payment arrangements etc. … Continue reading More than a Provider!
By Nic Crosby A thought: Each of us with our families seek joyful experiences, sharing, learning, playing, sitting in the bed in the morning talking ‘daft. In service land we seem to spend every day cutting joy out of children’s, young peoples and those who love them most lives, how is this right? If we … Continue reading Getting it right from the start