It is becoming increasingly clear that social care is in crisis. The travails of Southern Cross care homes, coupled with yesterday’s revelations about the inadequate state of home-care, point to the strain the system is under.
A mixture of budget cuts and increased demand mean local councils mean the amount they are willing to spend on care is falling, putting pressure on organisations providing care. There has also been a reduction in council admissions to care homes, with Southern Cross reporting a 14 per cent reduction over the last year. But neither are councils willing to support these people by providing carers to visit them in their own homes. Most councils now only offer home-care to people with the most critical needs, and the remainder will soon follow-suit.