Lords committee to explore invisibility of unpaid carers
On Monday, 16 May 2022, the Adult Social Care Committee will have its eighth and ninth public evidence sessions. The first evidence session will focus on the challenges of identifying carers, recognising the work of carers, and exploring ways to overcome these challenges. The second evidence session will explore the role of carers in the delivery of care and how to achieve a ‘triangle of care’ in which carers are considered an equal partner, rather than a burden, in the services delivered to the person for whom they care.
Themes for discussion
- The barriers that prevent carers from self-identifying as such, and how these barriers differ from one group of carers to the other.
- How the language used to engage with carers should change and the benefits of transforming this language.
- Successful, innovative methods of encouraging health and care professionals to identify carers.
- Suggestions for the most suitable organisation or agency to lead the change in how carers are identified.
- The root causes of the failure to establish a positive relationship between formal care and carers.
- Practical changes that can be undertaken by health and care organisations to develop a triangle of care between the care worker, the carer, and the person with care needs.
- Examples of improved communication between care workers, carers and the person with care, and changes organisations could make to bring about this change.