Working with Families and Carers
He goes on:
Publicly provided services constitute only a small part of the total care provided to people in need. Families, friends or neighbours and other local people provide the majority of care in response to needs which they are uniquely well placed to identify and respond to. This will continue to be the primary means by which people are enabled to live normal lives in community settings … the first task of publicly provided services is to support and where possible strengthen these networks of carers (Griffiths, 1988, p. 5).
A failure to give proper levels of support to informal carers not only reduces their own quality of life and that of the relative or friend they care for, but is also potentially inefficient as it can lead to less personally appropriate care being offered. Positive action is therefore needed to encourage the delivery of more flexible support which takes account of how best to support and maintain the role of informal carers (Griffiths, 1988, p. 7).
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