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Autumn Statement: our response

18 November 2022: The Autumn Statement by the Chancellor included some headline-catching announcements on social care. An “increase in funding available for the social care sector of up to £2.8 billion next year and £4.7 billion the year after” was promised. For a sector on its knees, with millions of people left without the support […] Read More...

Using human rights to stand up against assault in care

A relative shares their story of using human rights law to advocate for their gran’s dignity and safety after a sexual assault in her care home. We are grateful to them for speaking out, anonymously.   Content warning – rape   November 2022:   It should never have happened, but it did. My gran was raped. In […] Read More...

State of Care: our response

October 2022: The CQCs annual State of Care report has been published, reviewing health care and adult social care from 2020 to 2021. It confirms much of what we know about the crisis in social care, with the report explaining that “many of the challenges services are now facing are linked to historical underinvestment and […] Read More...

Enough is enough: end isolation in care

28 October 2022: Yesterday, our call to End Isolation In Care went to the heart of power. In an emotional debate in Parliament, MPs across the political spectrum made powerful pleas for a new law. It would ensure people who need care can be supported by a relative or friend when using health and care […] Read More...

New survey data: isolation continues

October 2022: New data from a survey of over 650 families highlights how isolation in care is continuing to cause harm. The data shows many care homes are still experiencing COVID outbreaks and applying restrictions beyond what is required by Government guidance: Almost 60% of respondents reported their loved one’s care home had been in […] Read More...

Ask your MP to help us end isolation in care

As the next step in our campaign to End Isolation In Care, we are working with a coalition of MPs to push for a new legal right to a Care Supporter. This would guarantee people’s access to in-person support from someone important to them, such as a relative or friend, across health and care settings. […] Read More...

Abuse has no place in care

14 October 2022: The footage of Ann King, an 88 year old woman living with dementia, being physically and mentally abused at a luxury care home is harrowing and deeply upsetting. Abuse has no place in care and is a breach of fundamental human rights. The footage will be disturbing and worrying for families who have […] Read More...

Care organisations call for end to isolation

30 September 2022:   The Relatives & Residents Association has sent a letter on behalf of a coalition of organisations to local health and care leaders, calling on them to end harmful isolation practices and to help promote the rights of people in care. This follows a letter we sent in January. Organisations representing both […] Read More...

Older people left behind

R&RA’s director, Helen Wildbore, shares the highlights and lowlights of the year at our annual member’s meeting 22 September 2022:   Looking back at 2021-2022, it was another very challenging year for older people needing care. As the country emerged from the pandemic, older people continued to be left behind. Whilst restrictions ended for the […] Read More...

Cost of living crisis: putting those in care at risk

20 September 2022: Much has been written about the cost of living crisis, but little thought has been given to the impact of those in care and for their family left at home. We are once again facing sharply rising poverty levels in our older population, something that the current economic forecast is set to […] Read More...

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