Overhaul care home contracts, says Scottish Care in election manifesto

Scottish Care has called for a complete overhaul of care home contracts in Scotland ahead of the Scottish parliament elections on May 6.

In its manifesto the representative for Scottish care providers sets out the need for a more stable financial model for the sector, calling for an independent review of residential costs for care home residents based on equity and fairness. In addition, Scottish Care calls for additional resources to support those living with dementia or advanced neurological conditions.

Scottish Care national director Karen Hedge says: “An updated contract [will] reflects care home reality. The current national care home contract cost model does not reflect the diverse range of care and support offered by care homes.”

In total, the manifesto sets out eight main priorities for future Scottish parliamentarians, adding the following to its call:  

  • Human rights and equality-based social care
  • Self-directed support
  • Workforce and the value of the social care sector
  • Collaborative commissioning – partnership, integration and interface  
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Technology and digital choice
  • National care service.

Hedge said: The pandemic has highlighted the potential of the sector; the agility of our providers and the dedication and skill of our workforce. This, coupled with the Review of Adult Social Care, has changed parameters and expectations of the sector making the forthcoming election a critical opportunity to… get this right for the people of Scotland.”

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