Responding to a survey by the Care Quality Commission, which found that choosing adult social care in England is one of the most stressful life decisions, Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Choosing care for a loved one is a major and often stressful decision – especially when they have to be made quickly – as it has health and wellbeing implications for the person who needs caring for.
“Thousands of older and disabled people deserve to be given a decent choice of care homes providing quality care, but the sad reality is that the underfunding of adult social care is threatening the quality of care on offer and its availability. This means that an increasing number of providers are either pulling out of public contracts or going out of business.
“Government needs to address immediate funding pressures on the sector as part of a wider annual £2.3 billion shortfall that adult social care will face by 2020.
“The long-awaited reforms promised following this summer’s Green Paper, need to help raise awareness of social care and support and help people to plan for their or their loved ones’ future care needs. That in turn will help people make the right choices for themselves and loved ones to ensure they receive high-quality care at the right time and in the right place for them.
“This survey helps to boost the profile of adult social care and the public’s knowledge of it as the sector continues to urge for a sustainable funding solution to be found.”