Domiciliary care – a growth industry worth thinking about


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

Dr Bryan Olive outlines the growth of domiciliary care and suggests that care home operators are well positioned to move in this area of care provision. The seed corn for the birth of independent sector domiciliary care provision is found in the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 which, among its objectives, sought to “remove the perverse incentive for nursing and residential care” and “promote the development of a flourishing independent sector” which was to concentrate on provision of care in people’s own homes. At the time the Act was implemented, local authorities were the dominant market provider of domiciliary care with their “homecare” services. The independent sector providers were mainly the well established nursing agencies and their client group was privately funded. Ever ready to meet such challenges, the independent sector rapidly formed organisations for the provision of domiciliary care. This had a dramatic impact in the market place. Throughout the country the independent pro





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Time for a ten dollar answer

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to...

Lacking capacity

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

A friend of mine diagnosed with cancer – now, happily, treated – was asked how he could possibly have missed the...

Care homes – understated examples of tasteful design

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Dozens of recently-built care homes are material proof that it is perfectly possible to design aesthetically pleasing buildings and put...