How do we find sustainable and human ways to care for people with long-term needs?
This book reveals the ways in which public services squander the potential of people with long term support needs and the creativity and caring capacity of front line workers.
Drawing on the ethos, practices and economics of human focused initiatives such as Shared Lives, this book outlines a new model for public services to replace the ‘invisible asylum.’ This approach, focused on achieving and maintaining wellbeing, rather than on reacting to crisis or attempting to ‘fix’ people, would both ask of us and offer us more. Responsibilities, resources, and risks would be more fairly and transparently shared. The book offers steps which we all – citizens, front line services, and government – could take to achieve this vision.
1 How we divide the world into community and the asylum;
2 How we create problems by trying to fix them;
3 Failure pays, success costs;
4 Risk aversion and risk indifference;
5 A short guide to avoiding real change;
6 Care and the missing community: what all public services should learn from social care’s ‘personalisation’;
7 Shared Lives;
8 The new National Health and Wellbeing Service;
9 How far can we go?;
10 The invisible asylum: your personal escape plan.