Could homecare die out?
Whither homecare? Or, put another way, is homecare withering? In an age in which politicians continually repeat the truism that most people want to remain at home and receive appropriate care without the need to shift to a residential home, is it not odd that domiciliary care services never seem really to take off? As an official government report has put it, “Although for many years it has been part of national policy to enable as many old people as possible to stay in their own homes, the development of the domiciliary services which are necessary if this is to be achieved has been slow”. The only strange thing about that quotation is that it’s taken from the Seebohm Report, which was published in 1968. Slow progress indeed! In February of this year, the minister for care said, “Most older people want to stay living in the family home. I and the Government are determined to see that this is an option for as many people as possible”. So why has this eminently desirable objective, so frequently praised and re