A new report has recently revealed some shocking headlines regarding the home care sector. ‘Betrayal of our elderly’, ‘crisis looms as elderly see different carer every week’ are just a few of the quotes to hit the news.
The Burstow Commission ‘Key to Care’ report follows an investigation chaired by Paul Burstow MP, former minister for care, into the working conditions of the UK’s 685,000-strong home care workforce.
Published today by thinktank LGiU, its findings are not pretty. It concludes that if home care in the UK is not yet in crisis, it soon will be – as a result of downward pressure on the cost of care and a workforce that is devalued by employers. It talks of carers dashing to deliver ‘care’ in 10-minute slots, of old people seeing 50 different carers in a year.
Bryn Evans (Franchise Owner) of Home Instead Sheffield, said:
“Home Instead Sheffield welcomes the publication of this important report, and we support its call for urgent change in UK home care services.
“We believe we are one of the ‘good guys’ referenced in the report – we provide a high standard of care, with visits that last for a minimum of one hour. We refuse to take on contracts that specify 15-minute slots.
“We respect and value our frontline CAREGivers, who enjoy above average terms and conditions. Most of all, we give them the time to care and to build lasting relationships with their clients.
“Many of our CAREGivers have joined us from other care providers; they describe working for Home Instead as a ‘relief’.
“Home Instead will be considering the report fully and working with industry body the UK Homecare Association and others to lobby for change.”
Home Instead provides 4 million hours of care each year to more than 8,000 people across the UK, via a network of 160 local offices.
If you have any questions or want more information about the quality care we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0114 246 9666 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/sheffield
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