No matter whether someone has to choose a care home for themselves or for a loved one, it’s sure to be one of the most challenging decisions they will ever face. There’s often a huge gap between what people want to know about care homes, and what they can find out. Shockingly, there are few protections against older people being put into poor care homes. This means some people are given no choice but to live in care homes that aren’t good enough. 

Everyone should have access to a good care home

Independent Age believes that all older people should have access to a good care home if they need one. What’s more, you can help us to make it a reality – both for older people right now and those in years to come. That’s why we’re asking you to support our new campaign, Better Choices, Better Care.

Where can I find more information on care homes?

We have lots of information on choosing and funding a care home. Check it out here.

How can I find our more about this issue?

This campaign is based on the findings from our report, 'Shining a light on care: helping people make better care home choices'. Read it here.

What have you done so far?

We’ve been working on a project with Healthwatch in Camden – who help local people have their say on health and care services – to develop eight indicators which help people better understand what each care home in their area is like. 

We asked our campaigners to write to their MP and ask them to work with their local Healthwatch to use the indicators in their area. Over 2000 people took action and together reached 96% of relevant MPs. We have had a positive response from MPs and so far the following Healthwatch organisations have agreed to use the indicators:

  • Camden
  • Kent
  • Sunderland
  • Torbay
What about care home costs?

With the decline in social care funding, care providers are beginning to withdraw support. Family and friends often find themselves plugging the gap, both in terms of providing unpaid care but also paying top-ups for the costs of care which people can barely afford. The percentage of people entirely self-funding their care is increasing. We are campaigning with 80 other charities as part of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) to secure long-term, sustainable funding for social care. Find out more about the CSA.

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