Almost half of care providers fear for their survival, COVID-19 survey finds : Care Home Professional


Almost half of care providers fear for their future survival, according to an Independent Care Group (ICG) survey.

Source: Almost half of care providers fear for their survival, COVID-19 survey finds : Care Home Professional

Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News


New Age UK analysis finds that in the last 12 months, about 700,000 requests for formal care and support, equivalent to 51% of all applications, have been made by older people and yet have resulted in them not receiving formal care services. This is equivalent to 2,000 claims from older people being unsuccessful each day, or 80 every hour.[1]

In some of these cases, the older person was found by their council not to meet the eligibility criteria set for the social care system, and that was the end of it (23% of all requests for help); while in others the older person was found ineligible, but their council then referred them onto other services in the hope that they could assist, including their local Age UK (46% of all requests for help). [1]

 

Source: Age UK statistics are alarming and shame the country | Care Industry News

Care operators hope to quiz politicians over social care crisis | Care Industry News


Care providers hope to get the chance to quiz top politicians over the crisis in social care when they gather for their annual conference in York on Wednesday.

Source: Care operators hope to quiz politicians over social care crisis | Care Industry News

Social care should have a ‘Brexit-style’ backstop, says care operator | Care Industry News


A social care provider has called on the Government to publish the Green Paper on social care and give 1.4m people currently going without care some hope for 2019.

Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group, has published a New Year message, urging the Government to take action on the crisis in social care in the coming 12 months.

In his message he says: “This year all the noise was about Brexit. Important as that undoubtedly is – and will be for many, many months to come – it is appalling how that debate has dominated all else.

Crime, education, health and the care of the youngest and oldest people in this country have all been pushed down the priority list.

“Whichever side of the Brexit debate you are on, that cannot be a healthy state of affairs for Britain as we head into 2019.”

He says the Government Green Paper on social care has now been delayed at least four times, with no date set for when it will be published.

“If Brexit has a backstop, then social care should have a backstop too, over when the Green Paper is published, as we cannot wait any longer,” he adds.

Carers didn’t get much of a break this festive period. If the Government was truly concerned about the care of our most vulnerable they should have worked a day longer or should go back a day earlier, to start tackling the crisis. Let’s see real change in social care in 2019 and not another year of drift.

Then we can all have a Happy New Year!”

In the message he calls for:

 

Source: Social care should have a ‘Brexit-style’ backstop, says care operator | Care Industry News

Radical action is needed in adult social care | Care Industry News


A social care spokesman is to write to every single MP calling for emergency measures to end the crisis in the welfare of our oldest and most vulnerable adults.

Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group (ICG), says radical action is needed before the 1.4m people currently not getting the care they need grows to even more.

He will tell ICG members meeting at their conference in Harrogate today (Wednesday): “A phrase used recently suggested the Government was in denial about poverty – well I’m sorry to say I think the Government is in denial about social care too.  It thinks all is well and that a bit of tinkering here and there will solve the problems.

“They are sleepwalking into a disaster that will have dire and far-reaching consequences, for many years to come.”

He will warn that the difficulties faced by companies like homecare provider Allied Healthcare and many other smaller care providers, would only get worse unless more funding was put into the care of older and vulnerable adults.

He is to write to every single MP in the House of Commons – some 650 members – calling on them to take action to protect those needing care in their constituencies.

The ICG says care providers are fed up of waiting for the long-delayed Government Green Paper on social care funding and want to see action now.

“I have written on numerous occasions to the Prime Minister and to the various care ministers… I can’t think of many of the 12 care ministers over the past 20 years who won’t have heard from me at one time or another. I’ve had very few words of encouragement in reply,” Mr Padgham will tell delegates.

“Now, I’m going to write to every single MP – setting out the true plight of social care in this country and urging them all to wake up to the crisis that is affecting older and vulnerable adults in their constituencies. That’s quite an undertaking but one that I feel is necessary to get across just how perilous the state of social care is at the moment.”

“We have to get our message across, loud and clear or else the crisis will drag on and more and more providers will close and more and more people will go without care.”

The Independent Care Group says the country desperately needs measures to help the 1.4m people who are currently going without the care they need.

Mr Padgham will tell the conference that the solution is not difficult.

“If we put more money into social care it will actually save money for the NHS and, particularly in the case of homecare, keep people out of costly NHS beds,” he will say.

“If we are then able to reward our staff better we will be able to recruit and retain people more easily – driving up standards and tackling the recruitment crisis which is hampering care.

“If we end the stupid VAT anomaly, make care zero-rated, allow providers to recover the tax they pay and enable them to invest in the future.”

The conference, at the Pavilions in Harrogate, will also hear from a line-up of key speakers. These include former Care Services Minister Paul Burstow, now chair of SCIE, Dr Ben Maruthappu, a British physician, academic researcher, health policy specialist and entrepreneur and Dr Sanjeev Kanoria, CEO of Advinia Healthcare, a growing care home operator.

BBC television personality Harry Gration is to chair the conference and The Guardian’s Social Affairs Editor David Brindle and the BBC’s Social Affairs Editor Alison Holt are also amongst the speakers.

The main conference theme is innovation and delegates are due to hear about how new technology, including robotics, will aid the delivery of care, alongside the latest developments in hydration and nutrition, surroundings and wellbeing, health and safety, and person-centred software.

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Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector? | Care Industry News


Unheeded warnings over the state of social care have left the care of our oldest and most vulnerable adults in danger, a providers’ group warned today.

Source: Will Green Paper on social care deliver much needed action for care sector? | Care Industry News

Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News


A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a

Source: Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis | Care Industry News

Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves | Care Industry News


This local government finance settlement represents a missed opportunity to set out a  social care long-term strategy on sustainable funding

Source: Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves | Care Industry News