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A&E crisis: Burnham stresses crucial link with social care

As the worst A&E crisis on record continues to grip the NHS http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/06/hospital-a-and-e-waiting-times-worst-record-nhs-england, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham today highlighted the vital role of social care in helping to solve the problem.

The MP for Leigh, who visited Home Instead in 2014 (http://bit.ly/14oisZx), told Sky News that “the crisis in social care could drag down the NHS”, with record numbers of older people trapped in hospital – adding to pressure on the health service. http://news.sky.com/story/1403440/a-and-e-crisis-summit-demanded-by-labour

He stressed the vital importance of properly funded adult social care services to work in tandem with the NHS – providing an alternative to hospital care for the UK’s growing elderly population.

High quality home care – such as that provided by Home Instead’s national network – is a key part of this solution.   When he visited our national office in April last year, Mr Burnham was keen to understand more about our unique model of care – and was impressed by our focus on personalised support and longer care visits.

“The record crisis in A&E is yet another wake-up call for improvement in how the UK cares for its elderly.  I am proud of the role that Home Instead plays in ensuring that older people can continue to live safely and happily in their own homes for as long as possible”.

Trevor Brocklebank, CEO, Home Instead Senior Care

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Dear Home Instead. I want to thank you very much for the excellent care you have been responsible for providing for my mother in Fordham. The choice of Caregivers is inspired and your vigilance much appreciated - especially by me. I live and work in Kent and it's an enormous relief to know that they have your watchfulness and loving attention. This has knock-on effects as I can give more of mine to children, grand-children and also the patients of my own NHS service for whom I have responsibility! I am so grateful. With warmest wishes M.

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