Private home care providers struggle in a booming market

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

Mention local authority fee rates for residential care and providers’ hackles are sure to rise. BUPA Care Services managing director Graham Smith, speaking at a Laing & Buisson conference in November, said fee rates for domicialiary care provision had become equally unrealistic. Providers of domiciliary care enjoy unlimited demand for their services from consumers and government, yet independent sector providers are finding it increasingly difficult to operate in the current market. The home care sector has borne the brunt of an unprecedented amount of government legislation and now faces unrealistic purchasing requirements from local authority purchasers. A combination of these factors has completely altered the economics of home care to the extent that what public sector purchasers are prepared to pay for home care does not even cover the cost of provision if all the direct costs are factored in. I would go so far as to say that the only reason why some independent home care providers are still providing ca

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