Underfunding in domiciliary care affecting level of care available

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An NHS report in April stated an extra £50bn a year by 2030 would be needed to fund social care, including domiciliary care.

CQC have calculated there are 7,000 providers of domiciliary care in the UK, with the top five operators only accounting for less than 9% of the market. The UK Homecare Association also suggests that over 20,000 people using home-care services may be affected by providers exiting the market. 

Age UK say:

“We are increasingly hearing that people are finding it difficult to actually access homecare in some areas, either because the providers local to them have no capacity or there aren’t any providers locally any more. That is particularly a problem in rural areas where they might be the only person who needs care in that village. With care workers not being paid for travel, it can mean it’s not viable for agencies to take that person on – so they don’t.”

The problem is that domiciliary providers need to receive £18 an hour to provide home care, but some are currently only being paid £13 by the councils.

Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation suggested it will cost UK households a further £2300 a year in tax to cope with an aging population.

UK Homecare Association say:

‘We can secure the NHS and social care, including domiciliary care, for the future by asking everyone to contribute a little more. It’s a small price to pay for a more civilised society.’

The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo is committed to growing the care industry and creating a sustainable social care model. Therefore, next year’s event will expand to include a dedicated domiciliary care.

Registration for 2019 is now open, you can register here.