£3m Social Care Recruitment Scheme

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Charities and care groups have said that the “long overdue” recruitment drive would not be enough without fundamental changes to improve working conditions.

650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 to look after rising numbers of older patients, ministers said.

Care experts pointed out that around 400,000 social care workers leave the sector every year – a turnover rate of 30.7 per cent, twice the national average.

As of February 2018, the average hourly rate for care workers in the private sector is £7.82 per hour, a penny less than the national minimum wage for over 25s. (Deckchair Care pay £10ph and guarantee a salary – no zero hour contracts – unless people want). See our care agency jobs page.

Industry low wages are the biggest barrier to hiring and holding on to staff for 80 per cent of care agencies.

While the government promised social care reforms back in 2017, a pledged green paper has been delayed multiple times and still has not got a publication date. Meanwhile staff leave to work in better paid NHS roles or quit altogether.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our green paper, published shortly, will look at long term sustainable solutions for the adult social care system including how we can recruit and retain a valued workforce.

“In the meantime there is huge demand for more care professionals and we need to spread the word that careers in adult social care can be hugely rewarding, varied and worthwhile.”

Read more about this topic in the Independent here.

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned care agency. We look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Read more about our care service on our website here.

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Allied Healthcare Struggling with Low Social Care Payments

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The Care Quality Commission has issued a notice saying it has serious doubts about the future of Allied Healthcare.

However a spokesman for Allied Healthcare has said the company was “surprised and deeply disappointed” by the move, and that it was “premature and unwarranted” as there was no risk to services because financing had been secured.

However, the CQC said it was concerned about its prospects from the end of this month.

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The care agency provides services, such as help washing and dressing, to more than 13,000 people across the UK.

The regulator has written to all the affected local authorities as they would have responsibility to step in if services are disrupted.

Earlier this year Allied announced it was struggling with debts blaming low fees paid by councils.

The regulator said it had a legal duty to warn councils that business failure was likely and services could stop.

It is important to note – especially for staff and clients that it does not mean failure will definitely happen. Just that as things stand it is deemed likely.

This is the first time a notice like this has been issued to a whole provider – previous warnings have just related to individual services.

Hopefully Allied Healthcare can get through a difficult time and continue helping the elderly in our society.

More details about the CQC report can be found here

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned and financed care agency. We help to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Currently, we do not work with councils on a contractual basis because the fees that are available are well below what is needed to provide a sustainable level of care.

We pay our staff well above the minimum wage. The level of service we offer would not be possible  based on council funding alone.

However, we do work with private clients that receive council contributions to their care that they top up. We work closely with our colleagues in the council, social care and NHS departments to support clients that are referred to us.

Read more about our care service on our website here.

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Home Care Frequently Asked Questions

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What are home care agencies?

Home care agencies are private companies that offer care services to the elderly or disabled in their own home.

What are home care services?

Home care services include:

  • Personal Care, which includes help with personal hygiene.
  • Help getting out of bed and dressed.
  • Meal preparation.
  • Medication prompts.
  • Help with household chores.
  • Social trips and companionship.

What does home care mean?

A carer visits a client’s home to an agreed schedule to provide care and carry out support tasks.

They can fulfill personal care and general household duties. The level of care provided depends on the individual needs and agreed care plan. It can range from social trips and housekeeping to high dependency, intensive personal care.

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Private care – through a CQC regulated company – costs around £15 for a 30 minute visit.

If you employ a carer directly – i.e. not through an agency – costs can range between £10 – £14 per hour. However, you will need to arrange for holiday cover, insurance and pension payments. You will also need to think about cover for illness and ensure the carer is DBS checked and licensed with the local authority or regulator.

Home Care Funding Options

You may be eligible for state funding that will contribute to this cost. Contact your local social services department – they will carry out an assessment of your care needs.

If your local authority then agrees you need care, they will assess your finances. They will determine how much care will be funded by the state, and whether you need to contribute too. If your needs meet the national eligibility criteria, the law requires that it must ensure that these needs are met.

If you’re eligible for funded care, your local authority will point you towards their nominated care provider. They may also recommend a local service.

Personal Care Budget

If you are entitled to it, your local authority will sometimes pay what it can fund for you directly into your bank account. This is referred to as a ‘Personal Budget’ or ‘Direct Payment’ and you can use it to pay for care yourself. This gives you more control over your care and allows you to buy care services from your preferred provider. If you can’t manage your Direct Payment yourself, you can choose to have it paid to a family member or friend. They then take on the responsibilities for you.

Find out more at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support/assessment-care-needs/

Find out about more about the home care services Deckchair Care provides.

Potential Care worker shortage after Brexit

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According to a Department of Health report, there will be up to 28,000 fewer care workers in five years.

In a worse case scenario, the reduced service could mean people quiting jobs to care for relatives.

The report, a response to the call for evidence issued by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), says women in particular will be forced to take up the slack.

“Considering rising life expectancy, population structural changes (significant increases in those aged 85 and over) as well as increases in the number of people living with one or more long-term conditions, there are significant demand implications for the health and social care workforce,” it says.

“Unless we ensure such demand is met, there is a wider risk to labour market participation more generally, especially when considering increasing social care needs. If we fail to meet social care needs adequately we are likely to see a decrease in labour market participation levels, especially among women, as greater numbers undertake informal care.”

The report says there are already 90,000 vacancies in the sector.

Read the full article here.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/06/carer-shortage-after-brexit-will-force-women-to-quit-jobs

Deckchair care are a Cheshire-based care agency helping relatives look after loved ones. We currently have capacity to help in a number of areas and are always happy to talk to people wanting to move into the caring profession.

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Do you, or do you have an elderly relative currently receiving homecare?

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In our efforts to provide excellent homecare, we’d like to understand how people feel about the care they – or their relatives – currently receive.

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We know there are some great agencies out there offering an excellent service. We’d like to understand what they are doing well and where we could all improve.

Deckchair Care’s objective is to offer excellent homecare.

To us, this means

  • Being reliable (turn up when we say),
  • Capable (being well trained and knowledgeable),
  • Friendly.

We have also identified communication as a current issue. For example, clients not knowing which carer is attending the next appointment; or relatives not being updated with what care is being provided.

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We have developed a secure online system that allows carers, clients and relatives access to a centralised database. This holds details of upcoming appointments as well as the outcomes of previous ones. Relatives are telling us that they are finding it reassuring being notified when carers arrive and leave an appointment. Plus they get to read what has happened during a visit and any comments the carer makes.

Replacing the old paper-based system also saves time, meaning carers have more time to do what they are there for.

Please take a couple of minutes to tell us about the home care service you have experienced.

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The Deckchair Care Team

Local Care Agencies – Where We Work

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Deckchair Care is a domiciliary home care company working in and around the Cheadle area. We also operate in the following postcodes areas: SK7, SK8 and SK9. Find out more about where we work here.

We do have a couple of exceptions, for example, we have a couple of clients up the road in Sale and one as far down as Alderley Edge.

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On the whole, we try to keep our client base centralised and work in and around Cheadle, Wilmslow and Cheadle-Hulme.

This helps us to keep our carers travel time to a minimum and provide a more efficient service to our clients.

Deckchair Care was primarily set up to help people, if we can get to you and provide assistance, then we will try our best to accommodate your requirements. So even if you are outside of our core area, please feel free to get in touch for a chat.

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Debs

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