Mr V contacted Counsel and Care when social services threatened to move his wife into a care home which was some distance from the family. Mrs V has Alzheimer’s and is blind. Mrs V had temporarily moved into a local nursing home after being hurt in a fall. Mr V was also injured in the fall, and unable to care for his wife at home. Social services decided Mrs V should be moved to a permanent care home but Mr V disagreed with the home social services chose, because it was too far for him and other family members to travel to see Mrs V. Counsel and Care helped Mr V to challenge this decision, by providing information on community care laws, and combining this with the argument that social services needed to consider Mr V's right to private and family life under the HRA (Article 8). This helped Mr V persuade social services to allow Mrs V to remain in the nursing home close to her family.
Our Mission and Values
Counsel and Care is the national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support. The Elderly Invalids Fund, as it was then known, was established in 1954 by Bob and Joceline Graham in response to the poor levels of care experienced by many frail older people. Today, with an ageing population where 3 out of 5 people aged 65 and over will need care, Counsel and Care is needed more than ever.
What we do
Advice and Information
Counsel and Care's independent, dedicated and sympathetic Advice Service offers information and support to around 250,000 older people, their families and carers a year. We can advise on a range of community care issues, including finding and paying for care, welfare benefits, and hospital discharge.
Policy Influencing and Campaigning
The Policy and Communications Team at Counsel and Care works to influence government, the media and other stakeholders to get the best care and support for older people. Older people's concerns and experiences reported to our advice service inform our campaigning work. Our independence means that we are able to campaign and lobby on more controversial issues.
Counsel and Care relies entirely on the generosity of the public for income, as we receive very little statutory funding. Without your generous donations and legacies we would be unable to continue our valuable work. You can help ensure that no older person has to live in poverty, social isolation and difficulty by supporting Counsel and Care with a donation or remembering us in your will.
Working in Partnership
Counsel and Care's expert advice and information service can partner with other organisations including local authorities, healthcare providers, housing associations and employers to help them meet the care and support needs of residents, patients, tenants and employees.