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.

Elderly man at home, receiving personal care by Home Instead

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

Elderly woman receiving at-home care by a Home Instead CAREgiver