We believe the most pressing issue is the chronic under funding of social care and we hope the Government will address this in the comprehensive spending review this autumn.
Blind and partially sighted people are being hit particularly hard, during the last 8 years we have seen a 40 per cent decrease in the number of people receiving support, this is despite a growing number of people living with sight loss.
The loss of sight can have a profound impact. Everyday activities such as making a cup of tea, reading, cooking, shopping and using the internet become a challenge. Not being able to drive can lead to people feeling lost and isolated. New skills and strategies have to be learnt to be able get around the home safely, to go outside, cross roads and avoid hazards. For many people there is the additional fear of how they will be able to continue with work.
Prevention is a key principle of the Care Act, and is evidenced as a cost effective and beneficial intervention. For blind and partially sighted people, rehabilitation is the first support they will receive from a council and for many it may be the only service that they receive. RNIB is very concerned that 66 per cent of local authorities are reported to be worried about the lack of funding to commission and maintain prevention services.
The Government must address the chronic underfunding of social care, to ensure that blind and partially sighted people receive the care support that they need to live independently.Tags Social care