Home care – A Solution to the Funding Crisis

While the health and social care sectors continue to face financial ruin, the latest spending review from the Chancellor has offered little support to resolve the crisis. Although George Osborne announced that local councils now have the power to raise funds for social care provision for the elderly, this does not provide an acceptable answer to the funding crisis. As part of an overall effort to reach a plausible resolution to this crisis, policy makers should look to home care as an alternative solution.

It was reported over the weekend that the council scheme will widen the huge spending provision differences between wider and poorer areas. It will also raise just £800m per year, which is far lower than what Osborne was looking for. This is clearly not a long-term approach and will see social care providers close, placing greater pressure on the NHS.

While sustained investment is required across the whole social sector, home care can alleviate some of the immediate pressures the care sector faces by providing a more cost-effective solution for elderly care. Home care can often be used to great effect to act as a preventative measure. It can provide the elderly or vulnerable with the support they need before allowing a problem to escalate. It is more cost-effective than residential care and as such, would also reduce the outgoings on the public purse. It is also useful in reducing the impact of bed blocking in the NHS.

Bed blocking is an issue that costs the NHS millions, and could easily be reduced through extra home and social care funding, as examined in previous Prestige Nursing + Care blogs. We firmly believe that home care can bring substantial benefits to elderly clients and the health care sector. With the added benefits of independence and comfort in their own home, the elderly are given invaluable support in familiar settings. By injecting funding into home care, the government could provide relief for the NHS and support that the social care sector critically needs.

The UKHCA has expressed their worries with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and warns that the government needs to acknowledge that home care plays a vital role in supporting people outside of hospital. Appropriate funding needs to be allocated. The only way to solve the funding crisis is to consider how each aspect of care can work together to look after our population, and provide adequate funding to help them do this.

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What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

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Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

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What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

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Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.