Dr Theresia Baumker, Health Economics & Social Care
blogged on the Housing LIN in December 2016
It is important to listen. When people who are supported by the
community care system in England have family members or friends who have
something to say, it is important to listen. These are the people who
speak up because they care deeply. They are not paid to care, and they
choose to spend their time, energy and emotions willingly on the person
who is in receipt of care. The organisations who are paid to provide the
care should welcome, value and celebrate this voluntary involvement.
And, in relation to public finances, estimates show that the care
provided by friends and family members to ill, frail or disabled
relatives saves the public purse £132 billion per year..