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Find Me Good Care website launched

Find Me Good Care website (link opens in a new window)As research published this week shows that the public are confused by the care system, a new website called Find Me Good Care has been launched. This aims to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future. Developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the UK charity focused on improving care and support services, the website is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice.

SCIE survey

The care system is a mystery to many, with SCIE's research revealing that the majority of British people don't know what options are available to them and two thirds have no idea how much care provision costs.

The SCIE surveyed 2,075 adults in Britain to assess their knowledge of the care and support system.

This revealed:

  • Majority of adults unaware of what care is available (59%) and have no idea how much it costs (66%)
  • More than two thirds of people say that they are not likely to consider care decisions until they become urgent, increasing the risk of not choosing the best provision
  • A quarter of adults who already use care provision say they struggled to find appropriate care and now feel they ended up with the wrong type of support.

These findings highlight the need for the Find Me Good Care website to give people better choice and control through reliable information and advice.

Find Me Good Care website

Find Me Good Care has been created to help people take their first steps in seeking the right care - it includes information and guidance on how to choose and pay for care together with a directory of providers and the opportunity to provide feedback. It covers care in the home and in residential settings.

SCIE Chief Executive's comment

Andrea Sutcliffe, CEO of SCIE, says:

We know that the care system can be confusing and the research has confirmed that most people are unaware of their options - that's why we've created this service. We have brought together comprehensive advice and guidance to help people take those all important first steps in navigating the care and support system.

Planning ahead for you and your family's care needs is something that few people consider doing. However, when the time does come to choose care, be it during a crisis, moving from child to adult services or something that is planned in advance, Find Me Good Care can help. Ultimately, it has been designed as a tool to help people choose support that fits their needs as well as their lifestyle. Needing care services shouldn't challenge who we are as people.

Almost three quarters think that there is a need for better guidance on care and support and more than 8 in 10 said they would welcome a site that helps them understand what their options are.

Browse the Find me Good Care website (link opens in a new window)

Sources: SCIE (link opens in a new window) and Disability Rights UK (link opens in a new window) 

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