Older people need more male carers
- 01 Sep
The chief executive of Care England has said that more male carers are needed to look after older people.
Professor Martin Green has said that the government needs to do more to recruit males into front-line adult social care roles, reports the BBC.
Prof Green has said that with the increasing number of men living longer, more males are needed for their personal care. He said: "We have an ageing population and a lot of people who receive care into old age now are men. The majority of carers are women. When it comes to personal care in particular, some men prefer this to be done by a male rather than female. The problem is people always see caring roles as being female roles. We need to make society understand that everyone has the potential to be carer. The government could be much more systematic in their approach. They could make sure that every school understands that care career paths are for men as well as women, they could portray more men in government information on care roles, and they should put more emphasis on reaching out to men when they advertise care role vacancies. This is about every arm of government working to change the perception that care roles are just for women. More importantly, it's about every citizen examining their own pre-conceived notions of who delivers care."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "We would encourage more people, including men, to join the social care workforce. There are a wide range of opportunities for both men and women and we have published guidance on how care companies can attract more men to the profession. Hundreds of thousands of care workers will benefit when we introduce the National Living Wage, which will also help encourage more people to join the sector."
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