It is vital for the care industry to work collectively if it is to stop vulnerable people falling victim to physical, financial and emotional negligence, speakers at a recent conference have said.
At an event hosted by Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams, titled ‘Pragmatic Solutions to Care Problems’, delegates from various strands of the industry were brought together to discuss what ‘good care’ looks like.
Proceedings were kicked off by Home Instead’s John Moore, who gave a presentation on the importance of keeping joy at the heart of the organisation’s ‘companionship-centred’ care.
Dr Alyson Norman, lecturer at Plymouth University, then detailed the difficulties faced by her brother throughout his life, cementing the point that the prioritisation of mental capacity and safeguarding for those who are vulnerable is fatally critical.
Lynne Coombes of Security Bonds Limited talked delegates through security bonds for attorneys and appointees as a financial safeguarding tool, while Adam Michallat-Cox, managing director at Wiltshire Farm Foods Bristol educated attendees on what good nutrition really looks like for older adults.
The keynote speaker, Dr Jane Townson, CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association, addressed the issue of safeguarding in social care, with a focus on how to achieve parity between health and social care.
Employment solicitor at Gregg Latchams Cecily Donoghue covered the complex topic of safeguarding your employment rights as a carer and gave advice for employers on how they can help their staff.
Attendees also heard introductory remarks from Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Jos Clark, who, having completed a master’s degree in social work, has decided to focus on points of ‘life transition’ during her year in post.
Cllr Jos Clark said: “I was thrilled to attend such an engaging event where attendees were able to share knowledge, insight and ideas on the current care system.
“I feel passionately that we should be empowered to discuss issues surrounding end of life care – something which can be a taboo even amongst friends and family.”
Event organiser, Heledd Wyn, said: “This event provided a unique opportunity for delegates to hear from and ask questions to a broad range of specialists, all of whom have a shared goal in aspiring to a more cohesive approach to care.
“The conversation doesn’t stop here – I urge those involved in the care of others to work together to improve the current system to benefit the vulnerable people who sit at the heart of these decisions.”