Response: Carers Action Plan 2018-2020
“More work needs to be done to understand what life looks like for all carers and design services to meet this reality. The recommendations outlined in the Carers Action Plan 2018-2020 are general and don’t allow for the fact that often carers from a BAME background only access support and services when already in a crisis point. We need to take time to listen to groups that are seldom heard and often overlooked if we want to commission services that are fully representative.” Shahid Mohammed, who cared for his mother who was living with vascular dementia, also wishes to highlight how diverse carers of people living with dementia are and stress the need to commission fully representative services.This action plan is a positive step forward but it is just a start. Much more needs to be done to fully recognise the value and contribution carers of people living with dementia make to society, and there is still work to do to furnish them with the support and services that they need.