Commenting on new polling from Policy Exchange and the Institute for Public Policy Research, supported by Independent Age, which found that a third of people are less likely to seek residential care for relatives because of COVID-19, Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on a care system already in crisis. Calls to our helpline have increased over the past two months, with people concerned about lack of PPE, or receiving less help than they need with tasks like going to the toilet or getting dressed.
“Alongside many others, we are calling for fundamental reform of our care system. This must include valuing the support provided by both professional and family carers more highly. We believe a system providing care, free at the point of use, would encourage more people to seek support when they need it.
“COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and loss for people everywhere. Political parties must act now to ensure the social care system is supported to deliver fair and high-quality care for all who need it.”