Posted on June 13, 2014

Concern over high cost of domiciliary home care

A study has suggested that domiciliary home care is more expensive to provide than a residential home place. The research, which was conducted by a home care provider, showed that a full-time place in a nursing home could work out cheaper than just two hours of domiciliary home care a day for a person with complex nursing requirements or in receipt of supplementary social benefits. This refutes the belief that domiciliary home care is the most cost-effective option. It is estimated that more than half a million people regularly receive home care services, many of which are funded by the local authority. There is concern that the decision about the type of care a person receives will be affected by financial considerations, and there are calls for a more co-ordinated approach to be taken with regard to health and social care funding. The findings have been disputed by UKHCA, the industry's professional association, which claims that domiciliary home care is not generally more expensive; however, it admits that there are some cases where this may be true. The organisation has pointed out that it is important that people are given a choice about the type of care they receive and where they live. Studies have shown that around 90% of people would prefer to be cared for in their own home, with only a small percentage indicating that residential care would be their preference.
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