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CARERS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES AUDIT COMMISSION REPORT

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The Carers National Association (CNA) has welcomed the Audit Commission report The Coming of Age. ...
The Carers National Association (CNA) has welcomed the Audit Commission report The Coming of Age.

CNA's chief executive Baroness Pitkeathley said:

'The report endorses CNA's findings that pressures on carers and relatives have increased dramatically because of the lack of services in the community.

'Older people do not want to be in hospital when they could be at home. We agree with the Audit Commision that the emphasis needs to be shifted towards prevention and rehabilitation within the community.

'However, any policy that moves people away from hospital to supporting them within their own home must ensure that the needs of carers who are the main providers of community care are also met. This includes full consultation in discharge planning and the development of practical help such as respite care and sitting services.'
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