LGA response - which? investigation into home care

Published on Friday, 16 March 2012 10:41
Posted by Scott Buckler

Responding to a Which? investigation on the home care system, Cllr David Rogers, Chairman of the LGA's Wellbeing Board, said..

"This research highlights the very real crisis this country is facing in providing care for the elderly and vulnerable. We know there isn't enough money in the system and without fundamental reform the situation is only going to get worse and stories like this will sadly become increasingly common.

"Older people who have worked hard all their lives rightly expect to be treated with respect and the ‘Dignity in Care Commission', set up in partnership between the LGA, NHS Confederation and Age UK, is a positive step in helping to ensure this happens.

"CQC, the care services watchdog, will also be carrying out homecare inspections, which will help to make the service more accountable and transparent and in turn help boost the public's confidence that people in need are being properly looked after. That applies both to care for which people are paying themselves, as well as to taxpayer-funded services.

"Local authorities are doing all they can to find solutions that don't impact on the services they can deliver to elderly and vulnerable residents and despite a 28 per cent funding cut from government, spending on adult services this year is expected to fall by just 2.5 per cent, the lowest for any service area.

"We now need politicians to transcend political point-scoring and wake up to the ticking demographic time bomb this country is facing. There needs to be urgent action to ensure the system is fairer, simpler and fit for purpose in order to truly meet the needs of the elderly and most vulnerable in our society.

"Doing nothing puts councils and government at risk of losing the public's trust and confidence in our ability to do the best for people in later life.

"Councils are committed to doing the very best for people in later life and work hard to ensure care providers meet agreed standards, but without fundamental reform we will continue to see a system that fails to recognise the countless hours of unpaid care provided by friends and family and services that are all too often putting costs before the needs of the person."

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