Attracting staff ­ and keeping them

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

|In the middle of a recruitment and retention crisis, Lesley Bell suggest some ways for homecare providers to safeguard and develop their most important assets| I am in no doubt that the time for domiciliary care to emerge from the shadow of residential care has at last come. The success of government policies on supporting people, maintaining and promoting independence, preventing unplanned admission to hospital and facilitating timely discharge all depend upon having effective domiciliary care services in place. Moreover, most people want to remain in their own home and to receive support to enable that to happen. The provision of domiciliary care is “big” business ­ whatever way you want to measure it. Department of Health Statistics for 2000 show that more than half as many more people were provided with care and support within their own homes than were cared for within residential and nursing homes. This figure is likely to have increased over the last two years. A study undertaken by the United Kingdom

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