The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has set out 9 key statements for shaping adult social care reform.
These 'stepping stones' for change in adult social care include:
- Ensuring there is a public conversation about adult social care reform.
- Making locally integrated care which is built around the individual the norm for all services.
- Conducting a complete review of how care markets operate, including their suitability, sufficiency, sustainability, social value and quality.
- Challenging and changing existing and historical inequalities that impact on people with learning disabilities, mental health issues, and substance misuse issues, older people, those at the end of their lives, women and people from BAME communities.
- Supporting people to establish and maintain their own homes, and ensuring people are supported to live in their homes as long as possible as a priority.
- Developing a workforce strategy with fair wages, training and progression.
- Prioritising access to technological and digital solutions, for families, staff, and all people receiving services.
- Establishing a cross- Government strategy that enables people with care and support needs to live a good life.
- Managing and funding the transition to a new system, with people with care and support needs at the heart.
Announcing the 9 key statements for adult social care reform, James Bullion, President of ADASS says, 'Social care can transform our lives. We must move away from models of care that eke out every penny, short care visits, care homes that are too big to be homes, outdated forms of care that keep people alive but don’t give them a life. Those who have care and support needs, carers, social care staff, think tanks, politicians from all parties, journalists, local government, the NHS, the public all know this has to change. Ten years of reductions in funding has stymied the excellent intentions of good legislation and everyone working in social care. Everyone knows that this needs to be sorted out.
'COVID-19 has exposed the brilliance of everyone involved in social care - the social work and social care workforce, their courage, commitment and compassion. The pandemic has already changed the way we experience care and support. Rather than simply reinforcing and protecting what we have, we have an opportunity to do something fundamentally different. We must seize this opportunity to work with working age disabled people, older people, carers and those working in social care to shape a better future and to not just reimagine, but to shape the care that we all want for ourselves and our families for years to come.'