We were reading this report recently and felt we should cover it in our blog. Senior council officials have sent out a warning that social care services for vulnerable adults in certain parts of the country are on the verge of collapsing.
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services conducted research, which shows that the increasing demand in social care, the growing pressure on the NHS, and the precarious state of social care budgets for many councils mean that many simply cannot go on. The research shows that across England, just less than a third of nursing home and residential care providers have handed back contracts or even closed down.
The Association state that in order to avoid being left in a position where services can no longer operate, councils need to implement long-term funding strategies as opposed to making significant budget cuts. It states that these will equate to £700m of funding during 2018/19 – just less than 5% of the £14.5bn budget.
Glen Garrod, President of the Association, stated: “we cannot go on like this. How we help people live the life they want, how we care and support people in our families and communities, and how we ensure carers get the support they need is at stake – it’s time for us to deliver the secure future that so very many people in need of social care urgently need.”
It’s expected that in the next few weeks, the government will issue a green paper concentrating on the future of adult social care and prospective proposals for a long-term solution.
The release of the green paper was highlighted by a government spokesperson, who stated: “we know the social care system is under pressure – that’s why we’ve provided an extra £9.4bn over three years. We will shortly set out our plans to reform the system, which will include the workforce and a sustainable funding model supported by a diverse, vibrant and stable market.”
The organisation then highlighted the benefits that cash injection of £2.6bn towards adult social care had had last year, specifically in the form of helping certain councils to stay afloat financially. Yet it suggested that the contribution was more of a temporary solution to a long-term concern, stating that the issue had only been “relieved, rather than resolved”.
In light of the circumstances highlighted by the report, it will be interesting for us at Blossom Home Care to see what will be included in the government’s green paper and whether any of the above concerns will be addressed.