Insufficient workforce capacity is being blamed for a 671 per cent increase in the number of home care hours not delivered, according to a new report from ADASS.
From 1 January – 31 March 2022, 2,206,187 hours were not delivered, according to a report, Waiting for Care ADASS Report May 2022.
ADASS reports that 61 per cent of directors of adult social services are having to prioritise their assessment capacity to only people with life and limb safeguarding or at the point of hospital or reablement discharge.
This means that people are waiting without support and relying on unpaid/family carers: 33 per cent of respondents in the last two surveys reported that they were having to ask unpaid carers to take paid or unpaid leave from work as care wasn’t available.
Others will be suffering health or quality of life constraints.
ADASS concludes that the increasing volume and complexity of need is far outstripping the capacity to meet it.
Adding comment, Chief Executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Dr Rhidian Hughes said: “Across the county, the lack of investment in supporting our social care workers with fair pay and career opportunities is stifling the ability of charities to respond to the increasing need for high-quality and appropriate care and support services.
“The call for a longer term funded plan is exactly the right one.”