Posted on August 28, 2013

Demand for home care affects care homes

There has been an angry reaction to proposals for care home cuts in Hampshire, which the local authority has put down in part to an increase in demand for domiciliary home care. The Unison union is planning to fight the cuts, which will see a number of care homes and other services closed.  The local authority has stated that there has been a decline in the demand for nursing and residential care services as more and more people want to continue living in their own homes.  This has seen an increase in demand for domiciliary home care.  In addition, the council has also cited the need to save money as another reason for the cuts.  Modernisation work on the care homes has also been deemed an unviable option. A spokesperson for the union has said that the council is wrong to suggest that people no longer want this type of care and that the homes earmarked for closure are generally full.  Unison claims that the council simply wants to privatise care services in the region.  Figures from the council show that there has been a drop of 4% in the number of people in residential care since 2011; however, domiciliary home care demand has increased by 13% since 2008. There is currently a public consultation regarding this issue and this is set to end on 18th October.  Those who are affected can put forward their opinions, and Unison intends to work with the staff to campaign against the cuts.  The council plans to offer other jobs or redundancy to the staff affected.
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