Let’s count our blessings – it won’t take long
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
All weekend I‘ve been asking myself; what can one say in the immediate aftermath of an equivocal referendum result which nevertheless commits the nation to a significant change in direction?
Try as I have, I cannot see any upsides for the social care sector. There are certainly a few downsides: Unless the British pound makes a rapid recovery (which it may, and hopefully will) the flow of foreign capital into the UK is likely to be stemmed and this will have an adverse impact on care home capacity as new builds dwindle.
Hopefully, recruitment won’t suffer but who is to say at this stage? And we shouldn’t expect any slackening of the regulatory reins because the fabric of social care regulation in the UK is essentially homespun.
Will returning cross-channel ferries be filled with elderly erstwhile expats no longer confident of their host countries’ willingness to absorb them into their social care systems?
In Westminster our political leaders are too busy reshuffling themselves and asking ‘what have we done?’ and ‘what will we do?’ to be bothered with the bleating of frail elderly people on inadequate homecare packages who cannot find nor afford a place in a care home.
Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, faint heart never won fair lady and all that. But as we cast off our shackles and march boldly into the future, I think a great many of us will have our fingers firmly crossed.
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