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Four out of five local authorities admit care worker shortages

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 25th November 2016 | Category: General News


Four out of five UK local authorities admit there is a care shortage for older people in their area, new research reveals.

The Older People’s Care survey 2016, (published 21 November) has discovered more than 6.4 million people aged 65 or older live in areas that cannot meet their care needs for care homes and home care.

The survey is based on 182 responses to Freedom of Information requests to 211 local councils, (86 percent of all authorities) and Health and Social Care Trusts asking for average prices for care home and home care services.

While 84% of local authorities said they had enough availability for care home places, that figure falls to 48 percent for home care.

Those with dementia are affected the most

The care shortages are biggest for the most vulnerable older people with only 32 per cent of local authorities reporting having enough nursing homes with specialist dementia support.

Councils admit lack of knowledge

Local authorities responding to the FACT survey reported large data gaps regarding the numbers of self-funders in their area and the fees self-funders pay to providers.

Nearly three-quarters of local authorities in the UK were not able to provide data on the rates that self-funders pay. And almost one-third (27 percent) reported having insufficient data about whether the supply of older people’s care in their area could meet demand.

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