"It is an indictment of society that too many people are left to fade away, unable to make ends meet and lonely on the fringe of our communities.
Comment: As a frontline Local Government Housing & Adult Social Care service deliverer – I know that this is indicative as I see such cases and deal with them on regular basis.
As a contributor to the NSF (National Service Framework) for Older People and a champion for improving services for Older People through BGOP (Better Government for Older People), I find this a very shameful indicment of our society and of this Government which has obsessive-compulsive need for meeting tagets rather than the community-led and public value-led outcomes.
In my visionary paper of the 5 Dec 2004 addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister – Titled: Equality, Diversity, Social Inclusion, Social Mobility, Social Capital, Social Trust, Community Cohesion & Sustainable Communities – I have suggested that Government seriously consider ‘Homes-for-life’ which can be based on modular designs which can be extended above or sideways (and equally reduced) as the family increases or decreases. Such chosen change in life-style would lead to extended family living where both the older generation as well the younger generation would find themselves well looked after. That would prevent much of ASB (anti-social behaviour), truancy, educational low achievement from the isolated and disaffected young and would also help address isolation and loneliness problems including innecessary admissions to hospitals from falls and accidents at home for the elderly or as the case-in-hand exposes – leaving the ‘mortal coil’ in such isolation, exclusion and depravation. There innumerable other benefits that the wider society will enjoy in future generations given the current and future governments in the UK are having to address the pension shortfall. If fraction of the current cost of looking after elderly in isolation is attributed to the extended family to look after their elders at home – it would cost a lot less whilst symbiotically, financially and emotionally, benefiting the elders and the carer relatives. But then ‘common-sense’, ironically, does not appear to be that common.