I know full well that caring is not easy for I care for my adult daughter and unlike with Adam, my daughter lives with me, but my days of doing the actual caring are long gone. Now she receives 24/7 care by carers coming into our home. In some respects this is better than with Adam, as I see her everyday, but this just brings home my inability to provide the actual care, but I do know the care she is receiving is verry good.
However, I always worry that the carers will be able to come, for will they become ill themselves and if so, will the care provider be able to send others to replace them, especially with COVID and the easily transmittable Omicron variant.
B ut, it is not just COVID, for there is a very large shortage of carers and has been for sometime, but the lack of carers is becoming more serious.
Not only because of COVID, but many other reasons
One being funding for Social Care has not been sufficiently funded for many years and this has been getting worse over the years. There has been from 2010 over 10 years of severe austerity cuts imposed on all Local Authorities, (LAs) by this and other Conservative Governments then followed by going on 2 years of COVID costs.
The salaries received by care worker are very poor, many only on the National Living Wage of £8.91 per hour, rather than the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour. Even the £9.90 is too low when people can earn around £14 per hour at Amazon and £13/£14 per hour at supermarkets where the responsibilities are not as demanding.
So there are low numbers of people wishing to come into the care profession, but we are all grateful for those that do. The numbers used to be supplemented by Non-UK workers, but the introduction of the Immigration Act 2021, reduced the ability of non-UK persons to enter the UK for work, especially those from the UK, which the care profession and some parts of the NHS have relied upon.
Now there is the mandatory vaccination of frontline carer and NHS workers, with the deadline for care home workers already passed and other care and NHS workers to be here soon in 2022.
So, this has already made that certain care home workers have had to be made unable to work in the care profession. While I agree that vaccinations are required, mandatory was not really the line to go down.
There are other difficulties, some of which are, lack of sick pay, travel allowance, working condition and much more.
Social Care has been in crisis for many years, but the crisis is now becoming much deeper, so workers may not be there to cover as they used to be, so how will those in need of care b e able to be cared for.
This Government by design or not appears to be incapable or not wishing to solve these problem areas, so thereby causing people in need of care to suffer or even worse. This not only affects the care profession, but the very treasured NHS and while this Government says it wishes to look after the NHS, by its actions or many inactions, it is not doing so.
Yet again a very serious lack of care from this Government. It says it cares, but in reality it does not.
Source: Lockdown means I can’t be there for my brother, but thankfully his carers are | Metro News