social business for urban development
Wow. 2 million of us without carers! When I started this enterprise I knew that we were an ageing population and there’d be a lot of need for care in the future. But I hadn’t considered that there’d be so many childless people, which basically DOUBLES the number of people who will need paid care workers.
“By 2030, 230,000 people who need more than 20 hours of care a week will not have a relative to provide it, the think tank said.”
This is an IPPR report, so it’s solid evidence that our society, culture and especially government needs to start supporting care agencies and offering much better individual training and organisational opportunities if we are to meet this massive challenge. And don’t forget, when we talk about older people in the future, it’s not a report about some vague ‘other’, this time, we are talking about ourselves!
Three Sisters Care has been a proponent of “neighbourhood networks” that can support older people who don’t have family. Perhaps a job for ahem…empathic urbanites…? In fact I delivered two Dementia Talks just today in my community, a way for us to make our community healthier and happier. Imagine how happy I was myself to see that neighbourhood networks are exactly what the IPPR proposes as a way to tackle this issue. On the pulse again, Three Sisters Care!! Let’s show that genuine social enterprises can exist and flourish in the care sector.
A very short article is below.
You can also download the full report from the IPPR website here too;