An Age UK review indicates that cuts to social care in England mean that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people may be left to struggle routinely with inadequate home-based help and care.
Triggle, N. (2017). Frail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’. London: BBC Health News, February 16th 2017.
Adult Social Care More Generally
Meanwhile, research from the Local Government Information Unit shows that adult social care is the biggest immediate priority / pressure-point for more than half of all councils.
Adult social care is the biggest pressure on councils. London [Online]: Unison / Local Government Information Unit, February 10th 2017.
Further background information from the BBC:
Reality Check: Who gets social care and who pays for it? London: BBC Health News, February 8th 2017.
March 2017 Update
BBC Panorama has revealed that home care firms have cancelled contracts with almost a hundred UK councils, as they are unable to deliver services for the amount paid.
‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts. London: BBC Health News, March 20th 2017.
April 2018 Update
Allied Healthcare seeks a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA):
Allied Healthcare: home care provider seeks rescue plan. London: BBC Health News, April 21st 2018.
Covering the Costs of Home Care?
The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) has found that only one in seven councils in England currently pays a fair sustainable price for home care. The average fee paid is £16.12 per hour, while the UKHCA recommends a minimum price of £18.01 per hour.
Triggle, N. (2018). Councils buying care ‘on the cheap’. London: BBC Health News, October 25th 2018.
Questions regarding the future financial viability of Allied Healthcare:
Triggle, N. (2018). Major home care provider future ‘at risk’. London: BBC Health News, November 6th 2018.