The Care System Is Broken; Here’s How We Fix It.

Recovery in the Bin

The social care system is broken. This is a branch of our welfare state that is propped up by a mixture of local authority funding, the NHS, private agencies and service-users who are hit with huge bills for their care. This system relies on a workforce of low-paid, zero hours workers who leave the job more rapidly than the positions can be filled. At any one time, there are 77,000 vacant care positions. This is a system in which gums are left to grow around dentures and rubbing Sudocrem onto the dermatitis of an 85-year-old becomes like second nature, because the last carer forgot to change their incontinence pad.

I was a carer for an agency, and now work privately as a carer and PA. I have helped someone pass through this life, unable to help them move into a more comfortable position, because my agency had not been given…

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