Our chief executive, Trevor Brocklebank, joined BBC Radio 4's You & Yours programme today (Wednesday, 4th March) to discuss the inadequate rates local councils are paying providers for home care.
Trevor's interview with broadcaster Winifred Robinson followed the publication this morning of a report by the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) which shows that just 28 councils paid their homecare providers fees at or above UKHCA's minimum price for homecare of £15.74 per hour.
Home Instead do not work with local councils and was asked why by Ms Robinson. Trevor responded by saying they would like to but the rates paid do not allow for a quality care solution. He said that the level of available funding means that council commissioned care results in short duration, rushed visits. He added that we always put quality before task and that isn't possible in a short duration visit.
Speaking about the interview, Trevor said, "I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak out about the shame of short-duration care visits.
"They not only jeopardise the health and wellbeing of older people but result in poor terms and conditions for care workers."