Crisis in care-a better deal for care workers is vital
July 2, 2019
For every council, Adult Social Services department, and the estimated 1.4 million people receiving social care, the chaos and inadequacies of the care system are evident every day. It takes insights, like those delivered recently by the BBC’s Panorama two-part documentary ‘Crisis in Care’ to show the rest of us exactly how the care system is crumbling.
A recent report from the Health Foundation shows social care funding in England will face a £4.4bn gap by 2023. Currently, government funding for social care is set to rise at an annual rate of 1.4 percent per annum, which is considerably lower than 3.4 percent the government has committed to the NHS.
And despite several promises, the government have still been unable to deliver the green paper on adult social care, whilst the NHS was given an extra £20bn on its 70th birthday this year. Ironically, funding to ensure that vulnerable people are better supported in their own homes would significantly reduce the strain on the NHS, with less hospital admittances and reduced bed blocking.
However, with or without increased funding, there are many flaws in the current system that urgently need addressing; one of the biggest being the need to define a sustainable, long-term strategy that attracts new care workers into care, offering a high level of job satisfaction, and so ensuring retention. This can be achieved by elevating the role of care workers, introducing higher levels of pay, comprehensive training, a defined career path and support for carers at every level, including looking after their wellbeing.
Helpr are pioneering a leading-edge technology solution that enables us to substantially reduce the cost of overheads, not only ensuring reduced hourly costs of care of up to 30%, but also giving care workers greater control over their work/life balance and significantly improved earnings compared to market rates. This model also delivers immediate savings to care budgets, allowing individuals or local authorities to monitor activity and have clear visibility of daily spend, while providing a consistent supply of motivated, high quality care workers.
Technology offers a sustainable solution, cutting out middlemen agencies enables costs savings, with the benefits being shared between clients, carers and councils. We have built this new care eco-system and partner with local authorities, the NHS and third parties to build sustainable, community-based care networks.
If you would like to know more about how we do this call: 01372 232140