SCIE press release

Public mystified by care system: SCIE launches service to help people find appropriate support

23 October 2012

Good news for local authorities


Today Find Me Good Care launches to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future. Developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice.

What's in it for local authorities?

The new site complements the information that councils already provide about what's on offer for the vital issue of providing local care and support services. All councils are listed, with links to their sites. However, councils can also add more information to explain their role in social care so that residents can make informed choices about their options. Stockport Council have already added detailed information, as have 20 other English Councils. It gives the council the opportunity to link to their adult social care hub, My Care, My Choice. Find Me Good Care will enable people to build up their own online care planner about their care needs and options.

The care system is a mystery to many, with SCIE's research revealing that the majority of people surveyed don't know what options are available to them and two thirds have no idea how much care provision costs. Find Me Good Care has been created to help people take their first steps in seeking the right care - it includes information and guidance on how to choose and pay for care together with a directory of providers and the opportunity to provide feedback.

A general lack of awareness, combined with the fact that most people are seeking support at a time of crisis, increases the risk of people ending up with care that isn't the most suitable for them; a quarter of adults who already use care provision say they struggled to find appropriate care and now feel they ended up with the wrong type of support. These findings highlight the need for Find Me Good Care to give people better choice and control through reliable information and advice.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe,says:

We know that the care system can be confusing and the research has confirmed that most people are unaware of their options - that's why we've created this service. We have brought together comprehensive advice and guidance to help people take those all-important first steps in navigating the care and support system. For local authorities, it is an opportunity to direct residents to good advice and guidance, safe in the knowledge that it is regularly updated and quality-assured.

Planning ahead for you and your family's care needs is something that few people consider doing. However, when the time does come to choose care, be it during a crisis, moving from child to adult services or something that is planned in advance, Find Me Good Care can help. Ultimately, it has been designed as a tool to help people choose support that fits their needs as well as their lifestyle. Needing care services shouldn't challenge who we are as people.

Dave Eastgate, Chief Operating Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability, says:

We welcome the launch of the new website Find Me Good Care as it will give people the opportunity to find out more about the range of help and support that is available to them. This includes care at home, residential care, rehabilitation and services which help people live independently in their local community. This resource will enable people to take control of their lives, understand the different options available and make informed decisions about their care.

Sarah Pickup, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) says:

Find Me Good Care complements the role of local authorities in providing advice to residents about choosing care. It will provide authorities with a cost-effective source of information to share with their communities and we welcome the important link across to information about how individual councils can support people choosing care.

Almost three quarters think that there is a need for better guidance on care and support and more than eight in 10 said they would welcome a site that helps them understand what their options are.

Jude Irwin, who has had to arrange care for her parents, says:

It has been an absolute minefield finding the right care for my parents. They both have dementia and I've never felt very clear about the options available for them. A website like Find Me Good Care would have been really helpful to me; I would have loved a place to go to say: 'These are my circumstances - what are my options.' You don't always get that at social services or the GP.

For more information visit Find Me Good Care or follow @findmegoodcare on Twitter.


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