Demographic projections suggest that, unless the amount of formal care provided increases dramatically, the pressure on individuals to become carers will increase substantially. This could have a significant effect on how families manage to maintain paid employment, how they provide for their pensions and the time they have for social activities, with significant economic and social consequences for individuals, communities and the UK as a whole.
London: Help the Aged, 2001
Urges local authorities to develop a programme of consultation with their older service users and to enable them to have a say in the way services are commissioned and delivered. Also calls for a national learning programme to encourage and share good practice, and improved pay, conditions and training for domiciliary care staff.