Social care costs - how much is enough?

Posted by Gareth Hargreaves

Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead Care Senior Care, has challenged the Government to make integration of health and social care systems a priority.

home care fundingSpeaking on the Today programme (11 February 2014), Trevor Brocklebank asserted that he believed there are huge savings to be made by diverting cash from health to social care.

He said, “We need better integration between health and social care and we need to move more money in to social care.

“By keeping people safe and well in their own homes, with a quality care service, we can help to prevent them entering the more costly health system.”

The disjuncture between health services and social care, both in resource and funding is one that Mr Brocklebank believes the government should be committed to remedying and concentrating on a deliverable plan of integration.

“There is no doubt in my mind that by providing quality social care we can keep more elderly people at home living a healthy and independent life and this has got to be a more cost effective option.”

Home Instead Senior Care will not enter into volume contracts with local authorities as they believe they drive down the quality of care and jeopardise the health, safety and dignity of elderly people across the country.

Commenting on the BBC’s findings on how much local authority pay for social care services, Mr Brocklebank said, “I am not at all surprised by the BBC’s findings. What they have shown is that the rates being paid to care providers are unsustainable and do not allow for a quality care service to be delivered. The race to the bottom has got to stop.”

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Local authority home care funding

Is government giving enough support to local authorities to ensure that care funding standards are met and that older and vulnerable people who live in their own homes are healthy and safe? Austerity cuts are here to say says the George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, but should the result of these cuts be felt by the most needy in our society?

  1. 75% I'll believe that funding levels are correct when I see George Osborne working for the same basic wage as he is asking carers to accept.
  2. 25% No and it is punishing the most vulnerable.
  3. 0% Yes. People should be responsible for their own care costs.
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