Category Archives: Carers

Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report – BBC News

Well, at long last home care is getting some coverage, for on the few occasions social care is mentioned it is usually only regarding care homes and the elderly. But Social Care is much more than that, for there is home care, respite, care, supported living, hospices and more and covers both children and adults.

Here we have home care, which as stated, is mostly paid for through local authorities (LAs) who obtain their funding from Government. However, LAs have suffered 10 years of austerity cuts and going on 2 years of increased costs from COVID and are still not being paid the equivalent to what they were being paid in 2010. So, there is major Government failings here.

Home carers are paid, mostly from £8.91 per hour,the National Living Wage to £9.50 per hour, the Real Living Wage. So, the Care Providers have to be paid much more so they can pay their care workers, which is why there are much higher rates mentioned in the article. For Care providers, have other expenses than just paying care workers, being, office expenses, administration staff salaries, training, recruitment, payroll costs, etc.

In the article it is stating that the pay rate needs to increase to £11.20 per hour, but this is the very bare minimum, but to have any real affect the rate needs to be increased to at least £14.00 per hour and more likely £15 per hour, to offset the rates at Amazon and some supermarkets.

Most people, even the Government class care work as unskilled when it is far from it, as to provide good quality care the care workers need to know who they are caring for, provide emotional support as well as personal care, respect the choices of the person being cared for and their property, be able to understand how to use all the equipment the care for person has, adjust the care to how the person being cared for is on any particular occasion, provide meals as wished for by the person being cared for, understand their medication and much more. So, depending on the person being cared for it is very skilled to provide good quality care. Therefore not everyone is capable of being a skilled care worker.

Due to the insufficient pay there are a vast number of vacancies in social care and to get anywhere near the numbers required the UK Immigration Policy has to be altered to enable more workers from out of the  UK to gain entry to work in the UK. and this needs to be done urgently.

So, much needs to be done in respect of social care in the UK and this starts with the Government

Source: Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report – BBC News

Budget 2021: NHS in England to receive £5.9bn to cut waiting lists – BBC News

It is good to see more funding coming through for the NHS, whether it is fully sufficient is open to debate.

But, the other major problem is social care, where no funding is coming forward except the way insufficient amount announced earlier and even then the main focus is on the NHS and what is coming to social care is not immediate.

So again Social Care is forgotten about, when it should not be as it is as important as the NHS, if not more so and should been seen as such. Unfortunately no one appears to recognise the importance of social care and even if they do are not prepared to do anything about it.

But, to disregard social care is done at peril, not only for those who desperately have to rely on social care, but for every social care failure it rebounds two-fold on the NHS, for it further increases care inequalities, but also causes more reliance on the NHS.

So to ignore social care is in fact a very false economy factor, for to sufficiently fund social care will provide benefits, not only for those on social care, but will mean that health deteriorations will be much minimised and therefore save costs on the NHS.

Source: Budget 2021: NHS in England to receive £5.9bn to cut waiting lists – BBC News

‘Tsunami of unmet need’: Care watchdog contradicts government with dire NHS warning | The Independent

Everyone is now telling the Government they are wrong and wrong again, for during this COVID pandemic they have been wrong more than they have been right, for they have only been right once, that being the COVID vaccine programme. Even there, that success is beginning to wane, but this Government still clings to that one success as though they are scared to do differently.

But they need to think of those who are suffering and will continue to suffer due to their inactions.

All areas of care are suffering but social care much more than health, even though the suffering in health is considerable.

Both areas are suffering because of lack of investment, social care much more than health, while both are severely short of staff for in these areas there is insufficient workforce in the UK and more are desperately needed for out side the UK.

So there are a number of actions this Government needs to do, which includes

  • ensuring the COVID vaccination programme continues to be successful both 1st and 2nd vaccinations and also the booster
  • replace the new Minister for Vaccines and Public Health Maggie Throup MP with someone who is more capable
  • increase the investment in social care so that care workers receive a salary more inline with the responsibilities they undertake, around £14-£15 per hour
  • change UK Immigration Policy to allow more persons to enter to work as care workers in social care
  • look to provide a sick pay scheme for care workers
  • improve care workers terms and conditions of employment

Only then will social care be saved, for currently it is doomed to fail and then the pressures on the NHS would increase considerably so it too would fail.

By not looking to improve social care the Government is causing much unnecessary pain and suffering.

But their first actions need to bring back mandatory face coverings and social distancing and even consider making it compulsory for all eligible persons to have the COVID vaccinations, even the booster.

 

Source: ‘Tsunami of unmet need’: Care watchdog contradicts government with dire NHS warning | The Independent

Disabled Man Hopes To Challenge Benefit ‘Hospital Rule’

Another benefit rule which makes little sense for many reasons.

But one of the reasons it is there to offset double charging for while in hospital it is deemed that the hospital will provide all means of care so therefore there should be no costs for any other person to do so. However, this does not take in to account persons with Complex needs, whereby care needs to be provided by someone who really knows the person.

But is it really cost effective, as how many instances does this occur in, and in doing so is the cost of stopping the benefit and then recommencing more than paying the benefit double.

Then in this instance when the usual care is required in order to to stop suffering for the cared for person to be present, then it needs to be paid but there are no mechanisms to do so, so this requires and urgently requires a change in the payment rules. For it would not be cost effective and again no mechanism to do so for the hospital to take over payment to the carer.

What also needs to be considered as by not paying a carer what is the carer supposed to do, for they will most likely not be able to care for themselves without the payments and may need to start caring for another person and therefore not be available when the original person is eventually to be discharged from hospital. So then is the person discharged without suitable care being there, or not discharged thereby retaining a bed from being freed for another patient.

The common thought that care can be provided by anyone is is very misunderstood, for in most instances, if not all, it is not true, that is for good quality care to be provided. To get someone will take time and then to be well trained even more time, so discharge could be delayed for months.

Care is very skilled to do it correctly, again not fully realised if realised at all by many, especially the Government who make up all this ridiculous rules and regulations, without any consideration for the carers and those being cared for.

All this , also assumes that there are sufficient people available to do care which there is not again down to the Government in many ways, some which are

great insufficiency of investment in care

this also does not provide sufficient funding for a sufficient salary to be paid to the carer for providing care

lack of reasonable terms and conditions of employment for carers

restrictions in UK Immigration policies to allow more persons to enter the UK to be employed in the care profession

plus much more

Everything is against carers and care being provided of good quality and sufficient remuneration, so the care for are being abandoned by not only this Government all all previous Governments and this and those other Government should be ashamed and made accountable for their inactions with regards to care and allowing carers and the cared for to suffer.

Same Difference

A disabled man who had his welfare benefits paused when he spent more than 28 days in hospital, is hoping to challenge the rule in court.

Cameron Mitchell, 20, from Carlisle, cannot walk or speak, and has seizures. He spent 128 days at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Current rules mean he lost his payments while still needing carers, and he has applied for a judicial review.

The Department for Work and Pensions has been contacted for a comment.

‘Needs don’t change’

Mr Mitchell receives Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and his mother and carer – Nicola Clulow – receives a Carer’s Allowance.

Under current regulations, known as the “hospitalisation rule”, a person’s entitlement to their benefits is suspended if they have received care in hospital for more than 28 days.

Legal firm, Leigh Day, has applied for a judicial review – where a judge considers the lawfulness of a decision or…

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Covid: Bring back rules amid rising cases, urge NHS chiefs – BBC News

I agree with the NHS Confederation that face-masks should be immediately reintroduced to indoor settings and I also feel social distancing be reintroduced for neither of them should have been withdrawn.

Once again this Government is dithering in COVID requirements, as nothing been learned over the last 18 months. Too much is being relied upon with the vaccine programme, which itself is beginning to wane.

All this dithering and uncertainty of this Government is leading to more of the population of England to believe COVID as gone, which it certainly has not.

If we are to avoid any more lockdowns then face-masks and social distancing has to be reintroduced on a mandatory basis.

Also this Government has to learn from its past mistakes and not to ‘put all its eggs into one basket’.

 

 

 

Source: Covid: Bring back rules amid rising cases, urge NHS chiefs – BBC News

Minister invited 44 ‘leaders’ to care summit, but not one disabled people’s organisation – Disability News Service

Am I surprised at this, well the answer is no, for, really, I feel this Government does not care about persons with disabilities and just going through the motions of showing they do care and not even doing a good job of that.

But is it that they don;t really care or is it that the despise them, for the actions of governments, this one and those previously appear to do so and when looked at it is a reasonable conclusion to come to.

Just look at the history, created a welfare system that is not easy to obtain benefits from, unless you are criminally minded, the reason the Government states to make it difficult. But criminals always find a way, while those that deserve the benefits will more than likely not. For criminals are unscrupulous and real benefit claimants are not.

Not only are the benefit claim forms confusing, but the assessment process is weighed against claimants, with a fair number of benefit assessors purposely misrepresenting claimants and is some instances putting total untruths in the assessments.

Then we have the funding, which is totally inappropriate and is greatly less than required. But not only that as successive Governments have refused to do anything to make Social Care any better and when they do it is wholly insufficient, ‘way too little and way too late’.

When the banks were in crisis the Government came forward, but then they were benefiting their own, where with Social Care they are not, as the persons in the Government either do not need Social Care or if they do, can afford to pay for the care themselves, which the majority of the UK population can not.

 

Source: Minister invited 44 ‘leaders’ to care summit, but not one disabled people’s organisation – Disability News Service

Experienced care staff earn 6p an hour more than newcomers – Community Care

All of this was predictable, but the Government did or does not care.

Yes, I agree the £9.50 out of London needs to be the base rate, but that is only a start, for the actual base rate needs to b e much more and then more persons with the responsible degrees of care could be more willing to join the care profession.

In line with this the Government needs to ensure that UK immigration is amended to allow persons out of the UK to come to the UK to work in the care profession. It is a must and it needs to be done urgently as care can not wait much longer.

What this Governments needs to understand is all this reluctance to act to save the care profession and those who need care, is having great adverse affects on the health service. For any lack of care means more demands on the health service. So when the health service fails and it will without Government action on the care profession, the blame will be laid fully at the door of this government.

 

Source: Experienced care staff earn 6p an hour more than newcomers – Community Care

Adult social care needs £6.1bn funding boost to end ‘low cost low value, low outcome’ approach – Community Care

Adult social care needs in England £6.1bn of additional funding to overhaul a ‘low cost, low value, low outcome’ approach and realise its full potential, a study has found.

 

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Adult social Care certainly does need £6.1 billion and I would say more, maybe even to £10 billion and in doing so no one should forget Children’s Social Care which is also well underfunded.

The lack of Government funding in Social Care is a disgrace and no one should accept it.

Austerity cuts have caused many problems, with many if not all still to be rectified and Local Authorities are still being asked to make savings.

But, there are no savings to be made, only reducing services which are already severely reduced and thereby quality is suffering.

It could be said that when austerity came in there were insufficient areas in which cuts could be made, but the Government were demanding cuts and look where these cuts have left us, as shown through the COVID pandemic and is still doing so.

The government needs to live in the real world and see the suffering being caused to the most vulnerable in English Society.

But I feel this Government does not care about the vulnerable as this has been borne out in the policies that have been introduced.

By not sufficiently investing in Social Care by this and previous Governments this is causing even more drain on NHS resources, when they are already stretched thinly.

So, I call on the Government, for once to show that they do care and make all the required investments in Social Care, not in 3 or more years time, but immediately, as time is not on the side of Social Care.

 

Source: Adult social care needs £6.1bn funding boost to end ‘low cost low value, low outcome’ approach – Community Care

Health secretary concerned over rising long Covid numbers | The Independent

So Javid is alarmed at the growing rise of long COVID numbers, but is he, as he is still not doing anything regarding the major crisis in Social Care.

 

Source: Health secretary concerned over rising long Covid numbers | The Independent

If Javid expects families to do all the work, social care is not being ‘fixed’ | Frances Ryan | The Guardian

This shows completely that Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid MP has no clue about Social Care and family carers, for family carers have been the stalwarts of providing care to their family members for many, many, years and currently save on costs of Social Care of more than £136 billion. In fact family carers tend to care for much too long and then they themselves are in need of both health and social care.

I know this for I am a Family carer and have seen my health and that of my wife decline and in respect of my wife to such an extent that she died last year. It is not just my family but many, if not all the families I know of.

All over the UK there is currently a substantial shortage of care workers for many reasons some being,

  1. abysmal rates of pay where many care workers earn less that £10 per hour and many even less than £9 per hour, when they can get around £14/15 per hour working at Amazon and some supermarkets for much less skilled work and much less responsibilities
  2. insufficient travel pay
  3. lack of sufficient holiday and sick pay
  4. unsocial hours
  5. poor working conditions
  6. lack of sufficient persons in the UK to do the work, especially to a good quality standard

Care work has to be seen as a skilled employment, rather than thought of being unskilled for a care worker should

  1. show respect for the person being cared for
  2. care with dignity
  3. be able to provide emotional support
  4. be able to provide help in managing the cared fores financials
  5. operate all the cared for persons essential equipment
  6. understand dietary needs and means of feeding
  7. respect the property of the person being cared for
  8. and many others

This Government needs to fund Local Authorities sufficiently so they can provide the funds for sufficient care to be provided.

As there is an insufficiency of suitable persons in the UK to work in the care profession to alter the UK Immigration policy to allow persons to come to the UK to work in the Care profession long-term

Only then will the ability to have consistent good quality provision of care and a consistency of carers attending to care for persons in need of care, for you can’t just walk in and provide good quality care and respect the choices of the person being cared for.

So for once and for all lets have a government who understands Social Care and is capable of funding Social Care as it should always have been, instead of being the forgotten care service. For without a good quality and consistent provision of Social Care then the NHS will have needs to cater for and bring the NHS to be unable to provide any good quality care.

 

Source: If Javid expects families to do all the work, social care is not being ‘fixed’ | Frances Ryan | The Guardian