Social care campaign
Social care and rehabilitation services are essential for anyone with sight loss, but they're under threat.
Protecting rehabilitation and care support
The Care Act came into force in April 2015. Our challenge is to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and care support, as stated in the regulations and guidance. Rehabilitation services help people to adapt to their sight loss by providing skills and tools for independent living and mobility training. It's delivered by trained rehabilitation officers, and supported by staff that have the skills, knowledge and experience to understand the unique challenges of sight loss. The regulations and guidance which underpin the Care Act state:
- For the first time rehabilitation for blind and partially sighted are acknowledged in statutory guidance.
- Rehabilitation services must be provided to people based on their needs and shouldn’t be limited to six weeks.
- Everyone who has a need for rehabilitation support should receive it. Local authorities cannot restrict access to the service based on a person’s eligibility for care and support.
We will campaign to ensure these vital services are provided, and ask for improvement to existing services where needed. For more information please read our Rehab policy statement:
Our Social Care Campaigns Officer has put together a blog on what Councils need to do under the Care Act to support blind and partially sighted people.
We will be monitoring implementation and challenging local authorities that fail to deliver decent rehab. If you know of any problems with rehab locally, please let us know by calling 020 7391 2123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Care Act resources
If you'd like to read more on what else the Care Act states, take a look at our short briefing on the social care regulations and guidance:
- Implementing the Care Act for blind and partially sight people: Regulations and guidance summary for campaigners (Word, 191KB)
If you work for a local authority, take a look at our briefing on how the Care Act should be implemented:
This Social care campaign is focused on legislation in England, but you can find out how you can get involved in the rest of the UK by visiting our campaigning in your area section.
Social care campaign news
We're campaigning to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and social care services as well as ensuring that blind and partially sighted people's needs are met by the Care Act.Find out what we're doing on Social care