13 February 2014
In response to the BBC survey released last week (4th February), Trevor Brocklebank, CEO of Home Instead Care Senior Care, is calling for integration of our health and social care systems.
Asked ‘what should happen’ by John Humphries on this morning’s Today programme, Trevor responded that he believed there were huge savings to be made by diverting cash from health to social care.
He said, “We need better integration between health and social care and we need to move more money in to social care.
“By keeping people safe and well in their own homes, with a quality care service, we can help to prevent them entering the more costly health system.”
Trevor believes that the government should be concentrating on a plan of integration between health and social care.
“There is no doubt in my mind that by providing quality social care we can keep more elderly people at home living a healthy and independent life and this has got to be a more cost effective option.”
Home Instead Senior Care will not enter into volume contracts with local authorities as they believe they drive down the quality of care. What’s more, Trevor believes that the authority’s rates of pay are jeopardising the health, safety and dignity of elderly people across the country.
Commenting on the BBC’s findings, Trevor says, “I am not at all surprised by the BBC’s findings. What they have shown is that the rates being paid to care providers are unsustainable and do not allow for a quality care service to be delivered. The race to the bottom has got to stop.”