Care Home Management

The Care Home Decision Makers’ Magazine

UK Care Home News

Holding hands | Nursing Home News

Eight in ten Welsh adults call for social care reform

Eight in ten Welsh adults have called for reform of the social care system in Wales, a new study has found.

Public attitudes to social care in Wales following the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioned by Senedd Cymru finds thatfour in ten of those who felt that they or someone in their household/close family needed social care during the past two years did not receive or make use of it. 

The main reasons people gave for not receiving/making use of social care were: a lack of availability or staff shortages; the coronavirus pandemic; ineligibility or not being offered care; not wanting to ask for help/being “too proud”; and  the application or access processes being too complex.

Respondents said that reducing the costs of social care should be a priority for the UK and Welsh Governments. One third of respondents said they were very or quite dissatisfied with social care.

People reported negative associations of local authority- provided social care or of going into a care home, which they said could be improved by providing a more personal and professional service. 

Respondents have called for a National Care Service and for care staff to have comparable pay (78%), working conditions (83%) and career progression opportunities (82%). Post-COVID, major challenges include infection control and backlogs due to staff shortages.

Research author Dr Simon Williams commented: “Social care policymakers and providers should seek to understand and address what people feel are the main barriers to accessing or using social care, including: increasing provision for those who need it; encouraging and enabling those who feel they need social care to apply (and working to de-stigmatise social care); consider broadening the eligibility criteria where appropriate; simplifying and providing more support for applying to/accessing social care.”

Related

The CHM Podcast

The Latest UK Care Home News

Washco

WASHCO are national specialists in commercial laundry equipment, installing, advising and repairing across the UK from regional hubs.