Competing trends in homecare


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

United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) president Lucianne Sawyer, in her presentation to the World Congress on Homecare, presented the main themes in homecare in the UK within the last decade, considering whether the governments objectives have been achieved. She said: there is beginning to be quite a ground-swell of opinion which is critical of the way in which Care Management is being interpreted and of the systems and processes we have put in place to deliver on our main priorities. As well as problems with care management, there are other difficulties. What could really hold up the development of homecare, could be a shortage of suitable staff. We are talking about a one-to-one relationship between user and staff, not the much less demanding ratio of staff to users which you might see in a care home. This will also impact crucially on the Governments aim of saving money – there were always those who counselled that homecare was not necessarily going to be a cheaper option. No doubt there are several





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