Home Instead Senior Care in Warrington were really excited to take part in a recent episode of the investigative Radio Four programme File on 4 entitled The Cost of Care (broadcast 4th February at 8pm). The team from File on 4 came to Warrington to interview Trevor Brocklbank and record some training that we were doing at Warrington for CAREGivers. The programme itself followed the release of a BBC survey of local authorities in England which identified that many councils are paying home care providers less than it costs to meet minimum legal requirements.
Here at Home Instead we don’t enter into volume contracts with the local authority as we believe they drive down the quality of care, are ultimately unsustainable and potentially jeopardise the health, safety and dignity of elderly people as well as leaving staff feeling stressed, under extreme pressure and with little job satisfaction.
Although we understand that there is a great deal of pressure on councils to make savings, we believe that the best way of doing this is better integration between health and social care. By keeping people safe and well at home with a quality home care service that meets their individual needs, they are far more likely to maintain a better quality of life which will also prevent them from entering into more costly health care systems.
By providing quality social care, we can keep more older people at home living a healthy and independent life in a safe environment and this has got to be more cost effective and a preferred option for all concerned.