The future of residential care is a topic which should be at the top of every politician’s agenda. By 2081, half of Britain’s population will be over 65 years old. And despite the rapid growth of our ageing population, solutions to the challenges it brings have been slow.
Last year I was invited to join the Demos commission to investigate and discuss the future of residential care. Our aim is to develop a vision of the sector which is both sustainable and provides high-quality care for all. At a time when local authorities are under immense pressure to reduce spending on care, and health and social care policy is constantly evolving, it is more important than ever that we succeed in our task.