One of Yorkshire’s leading hoist and stairlift dealers, Dolphin Mobility, has given its backing to a new report arguing that free social care for over 65s could save the NHS in England around £4.5bn a year by enabling more people to receive care in the community.
The report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) recommends adopting a system similar to Scotland, where older people receive free personal care.
The IPPR claims that by investing in personal social care so it is free at the point of need, a more integrated and fairer care system can exist.
Such a move would increase the number of people with access to state funded care from 185,000 to 440,000, it is claimed.
Free social care would mean more people could access home adaptations and mobility equipment, benefitting the mobility sector in theory.
Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire & Cumbria’s managing director, Gareth Watkinson (pictured left), said; “This is an interesting report by the IPPR.
“For some time now, many in our industry, and the BHTA in particular, have argued that increased investment in homecare could lead to huge savings for the NHS by reducing things like bed-blocking and reducing accidents in the home.”
“According to the report, covering the costs of free social care would entail a rise in spending from £17bn a year to £36bn by 2030.
“When explaining increasing investment in homecare, we in the mobility industry often use the building insulation analogy. “In simple terms, the cost of cavity wall and loft insulation is offset, and pays for itself many times over, by the savings in future energy use to heat homes.”