The charity Relate is today calling for relationships to be put at the heart of the NHS to improve health and wellbeing and reduce pressure on the public purse.
A report by the charity and think tank, New Philanthropy Capital, finds that the link between relationships and health is too often ignored in the NHS. Relate is calling for good quality relationships with families, partners and friends to be put at the heart of the health service. They argue that this will improve health and wellbeing for the 15 million people in the UK living with long-term physical or mental health conditions.
In response George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘In the UK there are 670,000 people caring for someone with dementia. For a spouse, child or friend the transition to carer can be difficult as the dynamic of the relationship changes. For the person with dementia, this can be equally hard and many people tell us they feel guilty that their family or friends are taking on this role. However, maintaining good relationships and a strong support network is vitally important to wellbeing. When delivering care and support, taking into account relationships can go a long way to minimising and addressing some of the challenges and worries that people with dementia, and their loved ones, often face.’