Home Care, what does 2020 have in store? Perhaps 2019 will be remembered as the year the UK social care services reached a low point.
With significant funding gaps in community services for older people, which could increase to £2.6bn by 2020; a misalignment between government and the health and care sectors. The year 2020 should be the year that social care and healthcare finally start working together effectively.
With an ageing population, struggling without informal or formal care at home and faced with underpaid and overworked care staff battling an overstretched system. Things need to change.
This should be the year that social care and healthcare start working together effectively. Home Care can become the seamless experience our older population deserves.
The key to achieving this joined-up system is technology. Digital innovation has the potential to transform a sector that is currently disjointed and overcrowded.
Several different proposals have been broached that must be considered in the coming year. Some recommend merging benefit entitlements, pensions and care; others suggest amending the triple-lock on pensions to free up funds.
Whichever path we choose, there is no doubt that the current social care system needs to be reinvented. The first steps must be taken this year. With advances in technology and service integration starting to show promise, we already have the tools we need at our fingertips.
Here’s hoping to a good year for Home Care.