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Find Me Good Care
The service has been designed to respond to this need and was created through in-depth consultation with carers, care providers and those who use them.
FindMeGoodCare.co.uk has the support of: Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Association for Real Change, Department of Health, Care Quality Commission, Community Catalysts, English Community Care Association, National Care Association, National Care Forum, Registered Nursing Home Association, Shared Lives Plus, UK Homecare Association, and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.
The following voluntary organisations have become partners and agreed to promote Find Me Good Care: Age UK, Carers UK, Dementia Action Alliance, Help the Hospices, Mind, The MS Society, The National Council for Palliative Care, The Stroke Association, Turning Point, and United Response.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is the national charity established to improve care and support by identifying and sharing information about what works. SCIE is an independent charity with over 10 years of experience. We provide valuable information that helps people running and using care services to make informed decisions.
Definition of 'care and support'
The public perception of what care provision means is limited. Currently, people most associate 'care and support' with a care home or nursing home (80 per cent), or home help (79 per cent) compared to a relative few who associate it with maintaining hobbies or a social life (17 per cent). The range of services highlighted on Find Me Good Care aims to reframe what is thought of as 'care' in order to reflect people's desire to stay independent and live the way they want to for as long as possible.
Care and support can be anything from care homes, help or care in your own home and home adaptations to assistance with dog walking, help with education and maintaining a social life. Services are relevant to adults of all with a need for care or support due to disability or illness, not just people in later life.
SCIE's research was with 2075 GB adults aged 18+ between 12th and 14th September. Data has been weighted to be representative of all British adults.
- 59 per cent of those surveyed don't know what types of care and support are available to them and 66 per cent of those surveyed have no idea how much care provision costs
- 69 per cent of those surveyed say that they are likely to leave making care decisions until they need to and only 15 per cent are planning ahead for themselves or their family
- 23 per cent of those surveyed already using care provision in the UK said that finding care was a challenge and 23 per cent said that they ended up with inappropriate care. 50 per cent were not confident knowing what service would suit their needs
- 72 per cent of those surveyed think there is a need for better guidance on care and support and 83 per cent would welcome a site that helps them understand what their options are
- Many people have negative associations with care and are apprehensive about needing support - over half of all adults (53%), rising to over two thirds of 55 to 64 year olds (67%) say they are nervous about care or support and nearly half worry about how they will pay for care (46%).
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