Are we seeing the beginning of the collapse of social care for the elderly?

Are we seeing the beginning of the collapse of social care for the elderly?
May 2, 2017 Sarah Green

Are we seeing the beginning of the collapse of social care for the elderly?

It was recently revealed in a BBC report on social care that nearly 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year! It said that ‘Service providers are warning that growing staff shortages mean vulnerable people are receiving poorer levels of care’.

In a letter to the prime minister, the chairman of the UK Homecare Association said the adult social care system has begun to collapse. The government said an extra £2bn is being invested in the system, but an ageing population means the demand continues to increase which means people are receiving deteriorating levels of care.

Analysis of the data:

  • An estimated 338,520 care workers have left their roles in 2015-16. That is equivalent to 928 people leaving their job every day.
  • 60% of those left working in the care sector altogether.
  • The average full-time frontline carer earned £7.69 an hour, or £14,800 a year.
  • One in every four carers are employed on a zero hour’s contract.
  • There was an estimated shortage of 84,320 carers, meaning around one in every 20 care roles remain vacant.

Some of the carers interviewed, said whilst they really care about the people they look after,  they feel permanently guilty and stressed as they rarely have time to do their job properly.  Many feel that the care sector is becoming a dead end job as not enough time is allocated to do a good job and most of them earn less than people who work in a supermarket stacking shelves.

Time to invest in the health and wellbeing of our carers

But, until the government sorts this out and can provide the correct amount of funding to local authorities, the private care sector remains an attractive alternative.  As an industry, we cannot lose these dedicated people.

If you are on a zero hour’s contract, why not consider working in the private sector?

Minimum call is 1 hour – £12 per hour weekdays & £15 per hour weekends plus 45 pence per mile travel allowance.

If you would like to join our team of carers or discuss the many care options available, please contact us on 01829 260280.

Campaigning to help people remain living in their own homes

We are a home care agency based in Bunbury, Cheshire helping families predominantly across the North West and North Wales, although we are nation-wide.

Bunbury Care Agency is a member of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) and an associate member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers). SOLLA is the only association in the UK that can provide accredited financial consultants who can advise and assist people with the funding of elderly care.

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