Unreliability of homecare is the biggest problem, say inspectors

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

The unreliability of homecare is the most widespread problem in services for older people, according to government inspectors. A Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) report into care services for older people published last month found that the unreliability of some domiciliary care was a significant issue in many council areas. “Sometimes domiciliary carers did not come at the right time, or did not come at all, or did not stay for the full time, or were not fully familiar with the tasks they had to undertake,” the report said. They also found that problems in the availability of social services funding for home care was causing hospital bed blocking, with older people having to stay in wards longer than was needed. Bed blocking was occurring because older people who had been assessed as needing a place in a residential or nursing home had to wait until funding was available. “Some senior managers told us they had insufficient resources to avoid the problem of older people waiting for funding for residential,

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