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Council cuts to homecare funding are a mistake, says stairlift provider

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Concern about cuts to council homecare funding is seeping into the equipment sector, with some mobility bosses expressing unease at recent reports outlining the scale of the financial shortfall.

Recent reports over a potential shortfall of around £5.2bn of local authority funding for adult social care has caused some alarm with the County Councils Network (CCN).

Council bosses have stressed the need for grants to continue, warning that crucial care services for elderly and disabled people could be greatly impacted.

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The concern over cuts to homecare is not just restricted to local authorities.

Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire and Cumbria’s managing director, Gareth Watkinson, thinks that the cuts will likely have a continued negative impact on care.

He said: “The news that there could be sweeping cuts to homecare and community care funding is a mistake in my view.  We, at Dolphin Mobility, see daily the real physical and mental benefits to elderly and disabled people when they receive their community care equipment. 

Research claims that elderly and disabled people fair better and are cheaper to care for in a home environment than at hospital or care home.

New research, published by the Live-In Care Hub, shares findings for the first time illustrating how wellbeing outcomes for people receiving live-in care differ from those in care institutions.

The report identified that many common ‘older age’ incidents are significantly lower with those living at home than in an institutional care setting.

They include a third fewer falls and a quarter of the hip fractures, leading to fewer hospital visits and a reduced strain on NHS resources.

In addition, the research revealed that people who are cared for at home are much more likely to have and enjoy the food and drink they want than someone in a residential or nursing home.

This can aid health and wellbeing and quality of life generally. It also means there is a lower risk of urinary tract infections, which can be a contributing cause of falls.

Almost 40% of people in residential and nursing care do not get out or leave the home compared to around 20% people who are cared for at home, the research claims.

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