Lesley Bell writes… No more the ‘Cinderella service’

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

Ever since I first became involved with the development of domiciliary care some 25 years ago, it has been known as the “Cinderella” service – the “forgotten” service, overlooked, disregarded and taken for granted, while other care services receive far greater recognition, attention and prominence. This must surely change. Department of Health statistics show that a third more people received care in their own homes than in residential and nursing homes added together, and the number is increasing all the time as people, even those with complex care needs, choose to maintain their independence and remain in their own home. Without effective domiciliary care services in the early 1990s, policies on community care and care in the community would never have become a practical reality. The success of current government policies on supporting people, maintaining and promoting independence, preventing unplanned admission to hospital and facilitating timely discharge are all also dependent upon having effective domi

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