Former Prime Minister The Rt Hon Theresa May MP addresses Jewish Care

23 May 2021

On Thursday 20th May, former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP addressed a Jewish Care Friends of Rosetrees event, raising much-needed funds for Rosetrees Care home in Friern Barnet.

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, Director of Leadership and Learning at the Pears Foundation interviewed Theresa May, who spoke about many personal topics during the course of the evening including growing up in a vicarage, how being a person of faith inevitably informs her approach to life and her view on the funding of adult social care.

When asked if there was one piece of advice she would give to care home residents or older people in the community, Mrs May answered that it is vitally important to “Stay interested in life and interested in what’s going on around you. Remain inquisitive about developments.”

Leading on to a question about how the Government might look to relieve the burden on families when it comes to social care funding, Mrs May replied that this was something that the “Government has been looking at for a number of years and is yet to come up with an answer, as part of the difficulty is where you place the balance of funding,” but agreed that the issue has “come into sharp focus during the pandemic, with the standards and staffing in care homes coming to the fore.”

She said that “Getting the balance right between generations is also key and that we are in need of a long-term solution which is sustainable. It is going to be about how we provide the high quality of care without overburdening the younger generation with the cost of adult social care.”

Mrs May also suggested that part of the solution is “how can we use technology to help or support people or help them to live independently for longer and in their own homes, rather than needing a care home environment. We need to be thinking about this in a variety of different ways. Encouraging people to be healthier will enable many to live independently for longer.”

Rita Roth, Chair of the Friends of Rosetress Committee, gave her express thanks to Theresa May for her time and to the audience for their help with raising funds for the home.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, said:

“We were delighted to have Mrs May join us and share some wonderful anecdotes about her life and time as Prime Minister. We are incredibly grateful to her and our 200 guests for helping us to raise funds for the Rosetrees Care home.”