Domiciliary care – a growth industry worth thinking about

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Dr Bryan Olive outlines the growth of domiciliary care and suggests that care home operators are well positioned to move in this area of care provision. The seed corn for the birth of independent sector domiciliary care provision is found in the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 which, among its objectives, sought to “remove the perverse incentive for nursing and residential care” and “promote the development of a flourishing independent sector” which was to concentrate on provision of care in people’s own homes. At the time the Act was implemented, local authorities were the dominant market provider of domiciliary care with their “homecare” services. The independent sector providers were mainly the well established nursing agencies and their client group was privately funded. Ever ready to meet such challenges, the independent sector rapidly formed organisations for the provision of domiciliary care. This had a dramatic impact in the market place. Throughout the country the independent pro

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