Barbara has welcomed the publication this week of the Government’s Personal Care At Home Bill.
The Bill guarantees free personal care for 280,000 people, including those with serious dementia or Parkinson’s disease, with the highest needs. In addition, 130,000 people who need home care for the first time will be helped to regain their independence, bringing the total number of those supported to over 400,000.
It is the first step in the Governments’ plans towards the creation of the first National Care Service for all adults who need social care.
“Since I was elected as MP for Worsley. I have campaigned to improve the social care system and to give carers more support. I know from my work with carers in Salford that most people want to live in their homes for as long as possible. I am pleased that this new Government policy reflects this wish.
“I also support the development of the first ever National Care Service. The Personal Care At Home Bill is a building block for the new system offering free personal care in their own homes for people with the highest care needs from October next year.
“This free care will make a vital difference to those who benefit and to their carers. It will help people to do essential daily tasks such as washing, dressing, and getting in and out of bed. It also means people leaving hospital will have better support when returning to their homes.”