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





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Extracare – the next best solution?

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Academics at Newcastle University say that an average of almost nine thousand more care home beds will be needed each...

Care homes discounted in end of life care

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I am sure that we all want those who we care for to experience ‘a good death’ when the time...

Perhaps I’m ‘app’athetic

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I’ve got an app in my toolbox that allows me to bang-in nails – I call it a hammer. I’ve...