A new report investigating the state of social care through the eyes of individuals and families reveals a system struggling to cope.
The Real Lives report, published by the Richmond Group of Charities in partnership with the British Red Cross and the Royal Voluntary Society, sets out the real life experience of seven individuals and families using social care services today. Their findings include:-
- Difficulties accessing high-quality care when councils are raising eligibility criteria and increasing fees and charges, and the strain this places on individuals and carers who can end up feeling like they are battling the system.
- A lack of support for family carers who are not necessarily receiving the help they need or are entitled to under the 2014 Care Act.
- Care packages that are not personalised to the aspirations and needs of individuals.
- Serious doubt about the sustainability of the social care provider market when local authorities are freezing or cutting the rates they pay. The report notes some care homes and home care providers are either closing or only accepting clients who pay for their own care. This disrupts the care provided to vulnerable people.
- The need for a high-quality, trained and motivated workforce that provides continuity of care.
- The continued failure to integrate health and social care – which is both inefficient and leaves people trapped in hospital beds awaiting social care packages when they are medically fit to go home hop over to this site.
The Real Lives report, published by the Richmond Group of Charities in partnership with the British Red Cross and the Royal Voluntary Society, sets out the real life experience of seven individuals and families using social care services today.
The report concludes: ‘Six consecutive years of budget reductions to publicly-funded care, increasing demand, increasingly acute levels of need, workforce pressures, provider failure and market exit are all converging to create the perfect storm.
‘The net effect of these pressures is now clear: social care in its current form is not sustainable and requires both immediate investment and long-term reform to prevent crisis and meet the aspirations of the Care Act 2014.’
Please click on the link below to read the real-life social care experiences some of the individuals have had to go through.
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