Professor unveils radical care plans at Bromley library.
PUBLISHED: 13:16 22 November 2010
A celebrity scientist and television presenter has outlined his ground-breaking proposal for a community-based care system.
Professor Heinz Wolff took time out from television and radio interviews to give a talk about his proposals to an audience at Bromley Central Library last Thursday (18).
The scheme, entitled Care4Care, would embrace David Cameron’s idea of the Big Society by encouraging people over 50 to look after their neighbours in return for care credits, to be redeemed when they need help themselves.
Addressing the 200-strong audience, Prof Wolff said: “We will need a real cultural shift in the manner in which the community at large engages with “care”.
“By 2011 there will be 1.4million people aged 85 or over and the Government will not have enough resources to meet the demands of an increasingly ageing population.”
He added: “Under Care4Care, the community will assume this responsibility. Rather like a pension, by helping others, people will be working towards their own care provision, so that when they need it, they will have an absolute entitlement to care.”
The event, which was attended by the Bromley mayor George Taylor, was sponsored by Abbeyfield Societies, part of a national charity which runs nine community living homes for the elderly across the borough.
The CEO of Abbeyfield, Paul Allen, said: “Professor Wolff is challenging our cultural thinking and raising the debate about the practicalities of care that we will undoubtedly face when the state can no longer provide for a population in which the number of older people with care needs is growing.”