How can we improve access to and quality of social care? Catherine Needham, co-author of Micro-enterprise and personalisation, discusses how micro-enterprises and micro providers could improve care services.
At a time when the Red Cross is warning of a ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ in the NHS, there is a growing recognition that pressure on NHS services will not be alleviated unless we get social care right.
Social care services support frail older people and people with disabilities. They are run by local government and have borne the brunt of the local authority cuts in recent years, with around 26 per cent fewer people now getting help than did in the past.
Many care providers have gone bust due to downward pressures on fees and in many parts of the country it is very hard to recruit trained staff to work in care when the pay rates are higher at the local supermarket.
“It is very hard to recruit trained staff to work in care when the pay rates are higher at the local supermarket.”
Together these pressures contribute to older people being stuck in hospitals, unable to be discharged into the community because the support is not available to them.
Fixing social care
Getting social care right is not a quick fix. Access to good quality, affordable care for people with disabilities and older people is a challenging issue.