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Care Sector Fails to Meet Older People's Needs
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The care sector is still failing to meet older people's needs, according to a new report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. The report describes the state of England's social care.
Although standards in care homes have improved since inspections began, residential services for older people are outperformed by those for under-65s. It also reveals that increasing demand for low-level social care is not being met.
Adrian Thomas, spokesperson for Help the Aged, comments: "It is hardly surprising that recruitment and retainment of high-quality staff in the social care sector falls by the wayside when the financial rewards for stacking supermarket shelves are seen as more enticing. Improved training and incentives for care staff are urgently needed, as is better support for 'unofficial' carers of older relatives, almost half of which are older people themselves.”
The case for better investment in the provision of low-level social care could not be clearer. The impact of under-funding of social care affects not only the quality of life for an older person, it also places unnecessary strain on already struggling health and care services.
- For more information on Help the Aged at: www.helptheaged.org.uk