London: Department of Health, 2008
This strategy for the support of carers presents a vision that by 2018 carers will be universally valued and recognised as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities. Support will be tailored to meet individual needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between caring responsibilities and a life of their own. Carers will be supported so that they do not suffer financial hardship and so that they stay mentally and physically healthy. Children and young people will be protected from inappropriate caring and have the support that they need to learn, develop and thrive. Specific action will be taken over the next ten years to realise this vision in the fields of provision of respite breaks, information and advice, emotional support and income, and access to employment.
Community Care, June 5th 2008, p. 16-17
The government is committed to the provision of personalised care and support for people in need delivered by health and social care agencies working in partnership. This article explores how this vision can be made reality in the light of current resource constraints. It proposes that the needs of whole families should be assessed instead of those of individuals within them, and that more support should be provided for unpaid informal carers.