The best homes work in partnership

“The best homes don’t operate in isolation; they engage with a wide range of partners to understand each patient’s individual care requirement,” health and social care minister Caroline Dinenage has told Care Home Management magazine.
This will involve speaking to paid and unpaid carers and the voluntary sector, she explained.
 
Speaking to CHM magazine at last week’s ‘Dementia care and nursing home’ conference in Birmingh, she hinted that care home managers should expect incentives for domiciliary care in the forthcoming green paper on social care for older people.
 
She said: “Good housing is fundamental. It is good for well-being when people can stay in their own homes.”
 
In her presentation she also emphasised the Government’s commitment to social care workforce development and she said that a new workforce strategy would be an opportunity to transform the profession from a job to “a calling”. She claimed that taking into account rises in the National Living Wage, care home staff had recently received a 4 per cent pay increase, equating to £2,000.
 
However, a far greater contribution to workforce resilience comes from positive testimony: about how social care can improve people’s lives. After speaking to a social care ‘ambassador’, 35 per cent of adults said they were more interested in a career in social care, she said
 
She also reassured conference delegates that the integration of health and social care was a “good symbol”. She said: “The two areas are umbilically linked.”
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