Scot’s care provider calls for urgent review of social care funding
The founder of a Scottish Care-at-Home social care company has issued a plea to the powers that be to have an open and honest discussion about social care funding following a thought-provoking episode of Panorama that lifted the lid on a sector in crisis.
‘Crisis in Care – Who Pays?’, the second of a two-part series, was aired on BBC last night, and exposed the problems currently plaguing the social care system.
Gavin Stedman-Bryce, founder of Kairos Home Health, said: “The Panorama programme is tough viewing, but it’s so important we watch it. The programme’s executive producer, Roger Graef, described what’s happening to the adult social care sector as a ‘slow-motion car crash’, and I tend to agree with him.
“Growing old is a privilege many of us will experience, so I can’t understand why the adult social care crisis doesn’t seem to be more of a collective priority for those in power.
“More people are living longer and more working-age people now require some form of social care support than ever before, but I fear if it’s left to local government, before long there will be no social care system at all.”
Gavin launched Kairos Home Health, a service which provides adults with health and social care needs with a carer who lives alongside them in their own home, earlier this year.
Following the introduction of Frank’s Law, which came into force in April 2019, it’s estimated that an additional 10,000 people in Scotland will be entitled to free social care. However, Gavin worries there has not been enough consideration around how this will be funded.
He said: “Frank’s Law is a hugely encouraging and positive step towards equality, and it will have a great impact on so many people’s lives. I am concerned that there has been little thought as to how it will be paid for, given that local government across the country can barely cope with providing social care for those over 65.
“My fear is that, in a bid to cut costs by ruling certain people out of social care entitlement, the new system will end up being as discriminatory as it was in the first place. This certainly wasn’t the spirit in which the law was created, thanks to the support from those who campaigned so hard for it in the first place.
“As far as I can see, this isn’t being talked about, but I think it’s vital we do so in order to ensure our population’s needs are met in the future. We need to start thinking about how we plan for our future if social care is to remain free.
“I believe it’s crucial for us as a nation to begin an open dialogue with those in power about futureproofing the care system.”
For more information on Kairos Home Health, go to www.kairoshealth.co.uk.