Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire and Cumbria’s managing director Gareth Watkinson has described the health secretary’s £3.5 billion pledge as ‘welcome news for the homecare industry’.
Earlier this month. Matt Hancock announced an additional £3.5 billion for the social care system to help relieve services. The extra money is expected to be made available in the next spending review.
The current social care system has been described as ‘unsustainable’ with a ‘whole number of injustices’ affecting society’s most vulnerable people.
The government is hoping this extra funding will help to speed up provision of care in the community and make it quicker to make more domestic properties accessible for disabled and elderly people to remain at home.
Speaking of the announcement, Mr Watkinson said: “This is welcome news for all in the homecare industry.
“As someone who is very much on the front line, we are well aware of the incredible benefits homecare adaptations such as stairlifts, hoists and bathlifts can have for the elderly and disabled people who want remain in their home for as long as possible.
“It is very satisfying to see the pleasure, joy and gratitude on the faces of the residents when we have installed the various adaptations and equipment into their homes and see the renewed freedom such adaptations provide them.”
He added: “Appropriate and timely delivery of homecare has a direct and indirect impact upon many other elements of health and social care provision.
“While any additional funding is always welcome, equally as important is the management and oversight of community equipment provision and we hope, those in authority, will ensure that a holistic approach, including things like the right specification and speed of delivery is given more prevalence than just purchase prices.”