William Eichler 10 May 2018

Social care survey reveals a system ‘unfit for purpose’

Social care survey reveals a system ‘unfit for purpose’ image

A shocking new social care survey, which found a quarter of respondents were unable to maintain basics like washing, dressing, and visiting the toilet, has revealed a system ‘unfit for purpose’.

The poll, carried out by the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), heard from nearly 4,000 people who received care or were carers themselves.

One in five respondents felt unsafe moving around their own home due to a lack of care, while four in 10 were unable to go outside. A fifth of respondents reported they had also gone without meals.

A quarter of respondents told the CSA a lack of care had led to them requiring hospital treatment. One in eight said they had been delayed leaving hospital because they were unable to get the care they needed.

Over one in seven (16%) have had their care packages reduced, even though their needs have increased or stayed the same. A fifth have not been able to work.

Citing an Age UK study, the CSA warned currently 1.2 million older and disabled people are unable to get the care they need - almost double the number since 2010.

Responding to the survey, Glen Garrod, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said: ‘Across the country we see too many examples where it remains extremely challenging to find enough of the right form of care, of good quality, at prices that keep providers sustainable in a thriving market for social care, which means many councils are forced to take difficult decisions when it comes to allocating an ever constrained funding base.’

‘The need for the funding shortfalls in adult social care to be addressed is now, it is urgent,’ he added.

It is estimated the social care system faces a £2bn funding shortfall by 2020.

‘Councils take allegations of abuse and neglect extremely seriously and work with local health, care and police partners both to prevent abuse and to ensure the wellbeing of anyone who has been affected,’ said Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Community Wellbeing Board, in response to the CSA survey.

‘Any form of abuse is unacceptable and we all have a role in ensuring that those receiving care and support are able to have safe and dignified lives and play an active part in their local communities.’

The Government needs to ‘fully plug the funding gap’, Cllr Seccombe added.

The power of local systems to save lives image

The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Chief Operating officer (s151)

Cornwall Council
Up to £148k + relocation
Cornwall is a place that is forging ahead in the 21st Century. Cornwall
Recuriter: Cornwall Council

Assistant Housing Officer x 2 vacancies

Dover District Council
£20,102- £23,077
We are looking to recruit dynamic, skilled and high performing individuals who share our commitment to delivering excellence Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

Estate Assistant x 2 vacancies

Dover District Council
£17,890 - £20,037
We are looking to recruit dynamic, skilled and high performing individuals who share our commitment to delivering excellence Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

Surveyor – Planned works

Dover District Council
£34,924 - £40,746 (pro-rated for part time post)
We are looking to recruit dynamic and skilled individuals who share our commitment to delivering excellence Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

M&E Engineer

Dover District Council
£34,924 - £40,746
We are looking to recruit dynamic and skilled individuals who share our commitment to delivering excellence Dover, Kent
Recuriter: Dover District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue