Preparing for the unkindest cut of all – a survival guide

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

With the spending axe poised over public services, care home owners should be ready to make the best of a bad job, argues BOB FERGUSON

As payback time approaches for the colossal debt racked up to combat the recession, politicians are warming up for the coming election by promising to freeze public sector pay. In the wider economy, many workers have already signed up for reduced hours or less pay as a way of preserving their jobs. A tad over the top, I’d say, but the message is clear: in a crisis, it’s all hands to the pump.

No area of public spending will be untouchable, so everyone involved in social care needs to ensure that belt-tightening doesn’t squeeze the life out of the system. Councils are heading for the leanest of spells and care home owners, who have spent a lifetime trying to get blood out of these particular stones, must learn to recognise acute anaemia when they see it.

The truism that butter spread thinner is better than no butter at all is as relevant in a care home as it is on a car production line.

If, as providers’ representatives claim, there just isn’t the slack in operating costs to g

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