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    The social care system has been branded "not fit for purpose" after figures revealed elderly people are paying up to 7,000 a year for home care services.
    Cllr David Rogers, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, accused the Government of underfunding local authorities, leaving councils with "tough decisions" over the services they can provide.
    Statistics released by the Labour party showed marked rises in the cost of council services for elderly and disabled people over the past year.
    Analysis of data from 93 out of 153 councils in England, showed there has been a 13% rise in the cost of meals on wheels, with the price of a meal rising from 3.17 to 3.44. There has also been a 33% increase in transport fees, with the average cost of travel to places such as day care centres now standing at 2.32 per journey.
    Labour said the data also revealed a "postcode lottery" in the amount people pay for social care, with huge disparities across the country. People living in the London borough of Tower Hamlets pay nothing for personal care, while those in Cheshire East are charged more than 20 an hour, for example.
    Cllr Rogers said: "These results highlight what we already know, the current social care system is not fit for purpose. It is underfunded and in need of urgent reform.
    "We all want to know that everything possible is being done to ensure our elderly friends and relatives are treated with the dignity and respect they rightly deserve and councils are committed to doing the very best for people in later life. But councils are facing the long-term triple pressures of insufficient funding, growing demand and escalating costs and despite their best efforts, they are having to make tough decisions about the care services they can provide."
    The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information law, showed elderly and disabled people are being charged an averaged of 13.49 per hour for home care - a rise of 6% in two years. This means someone who does not receive state help and gets 10 hours of support a week pays around 7,015 per year.
    Mr Rogers said there was no "one-size-fits-all approach" and that different councils faced "very different pressures" in adult social care. "Decisions need to be taken locally," he added.
    The Department of Health said: "Local authorities are responsible for non-residential care. Any charges they choose to make must be fair and affordable. The Government is providing an extra 7.2 billion over the next four years to councils so they can protect services that support vulnerable people."


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    Re: Social care 'not fit for purpose'

    Thank you for posting this. My elderly parents have to pay 15 for a Care Worker to come in to get my mum from bed, put her on the commode and then go. They are there for about 10 minutes, but obviously have travelling time. They also pay 150 per night, again because my mum needs to be put on a commode once in the night-time and then the care worker can sleep the remainder of the night. Once my dad had a small problem in the night and the care worker refused to deal with him as she was only be paid for my mum.

    It grates that they have been poor most of their lives, they then inherited some money and this is now being frittered away. I am not, in principle, against the notion of people who can paying for care, but the night time one is particularly erksome.

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      Re: Social care 'not fit for purpose'

      Originally posted by labman View Post
      Thank you for posting this. My elderly parents have to pay 15 for a Care Worker to come in to get my mum from bed, put her on the commode and then go. They are there for about 10 minutes, but obviously have travelling time. They also pay 150 per night, again because my mum needs to be put on a commode once in the night-time and then the care worker can sleep the remainder of the night. Once my dad had a small problem in the night and the care worker refused to deal with him as she was only be paid for my mum.

      It grates that they have been poor most of their lives, they then inherited some money and this is now being frittered away. I am not, in principle, against the notion of people who can paying for care, but the night time one is particularly erksome.

      This to me sounds suspiciously like the stupid policies and procedures that I come up against each and every shift I work in elderly care.

      Bearing in mind that I don't really know about the rates that home care assistants get paid, I do know that I get paid minimum wage, as do the majority of us. I also know how much the residents pay each month for 24 hour care and let me tell you, the figures just do not add up. Most families are shocked and appalled when they realise that the staff looking after their loved ones get the minimum wage, they automatically assume that the majority of the money goes on good staff. Chances are that the people who 'arrange' your parents care are getting a much bigger cut of the prices being charged.

      As for the care assistant refusing to help your Dad when employed for your mum, that's either someone who is in the job because it pays a wage, not because they want to help at all. Or, it's another policy.

      It would have to do with insurances and liabilities for the care assistant and the company and that no risk assessment being done, or care plan in place, or the stars not being aligned right......

      There are miles of red tape involved in this job now, which sometimes just hinders you from doing what it says in your job title and actually caring. Common sense seems to have gone out of the window and there needs to be 101 forms filled in before you can get someone a glass of water.......

      I'm really sorry you are on the receiving end, for my part I'd have had to help your Dad if I could physically and hang the consequences because I'm in the job because I like to try and make peoples lives a bit better. But that's just me and effectively I suppose it would be wrong.
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        Re: Social care 'not fit for purpose'

        Shame you don't live in North Wales! You could have a live in job tomorrow!

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