Over half of the British public are worried about being able to afford the cost of care, according to new research released by the UK’s third largest care home provider, HC-One, as the company celebrates its fifth anniversary.
HC-One’s chairman Dr Chai Patel warns that serious attention needs to be paid to the future of the care sector as a whole, in the light of the ever-growing funding crisis facing the sector.
Responding to a YouGov omnibus poll, 54% of the British public said they are worried about being able to afford the cost of care when they need it.
Dr Patel said: “Whilst we are doing everything we can at HC-One to provide the kindest and most affordable care, the economics of care in the UK remain unsustainable. Whatever the outcome of the General Election, the new government needs to urgently review how care for older people is financed so that no-one has to worry about being looked after in their later years.”
Meanwhile Dr Patel has ambitious plans for HC–One over the next five years, having taken over homes from the collapsing Southern Cross in 2011. HC-One has been relaunched as ‘HC-One The Kind Care Company’ from 29th May.
“Along with our new look and a new CEO, Justin Hutchens, who joins us shortly, we are investing in our colleagues, their training and development and in our homes and services,” said Dr Patel.
He is encouraging his team at HC-One to increase their emphasis on working in partnership with local stakeholders, commissioners and the NHS.
He said: “What we want to do now is to engage in a renewed discussion with our friends and colleagues from across the sector to ask, where do you want HC-One to be in five years’ time and what would you like us to achieve together, working in partnership.”