Earlier this month, Jeremy Hunt was made Secretary of State for Health and Social Care during Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Even though he was previously responsible for social care as Health Secretary, his new official role means that his mandate also includes the new social care green paper. The social care green paper is set to be published in the summer of this year. It outlines future government plans for coping with the UK’s growing elderly population, with the government having pledged an extra £2bn to meet these social care needs.
There has been a great deal of scepticism surrounding May’s recent cabinet decisions as a whole, but should we be equally critical about the social care situation in 2018? The most honest and straightforward answer is yes.
The start of 2018 is the perfect time to reflect on the potential reforms to the public health and social care sector. Many people have voiced the opinion that the budget driven focus of this sector needs to be shifted if we can expect any improvement to occur. Instead of being critical about the amount of money that is available to the social care sector, we should query how this money is being spent. This means highlighting the idea that in social care, a solution that may work for one individual may not work for another. Therefore, more emphasis should be placed on enabling people to find meaning and purpose in their lives, with state funded social care giving them the tools to do just that. Our ever-ageing population is creating a burden on the NHS and on public services in general, so new ideas about reappropriating funding need to be considered.
Community social care is also a key aspect of health care. Helping people to remain connected, particularly after they have been discharged from hospital or if they are elderly and suffering from isolation, can ensure that the mental health of individuals remains positive. Community spirit, then, is a valuable part of a patient’s recovery process. It encourages people to remain resilient and to stay connected, thereby enabling them to improve their overall health. Volunteer run social care services, friendly neighbours and family support are all ways in which individuals can receive assistance, and are services that require little to no government funding.
Ultimately, social care services in 2018 need to evolve to give people the opportunity to remain independent for as long as possible, helping them to stay in control of their lives and to be more positive about their futures. Until then, independent social care providers like Better Healthcare Services are here to fill in the gaps caused by insufficient public services, allowing individuals, regardless of age or disability, to have access to the care they need.
How can Better Healthcare Services help?
Personalised social care
We offer a range of services that are designed to give you the support and help that you need, whether you require daily assistance at home, more permanent live-in care or specialised social care services. Our aim is to ensure that you are safe and comfortable by giving you access to trained and committed social workers who can help you when you’re feeling most vulnerable.
Our local offices can help you get the support you need to allow you to remain independent in your own home for as long as possible. As well as this, our social care facilities will allow you to stay connected with your wider community and will encourage you to remain active and to think positively. We have local offices in:
Social care outsourcing services
At Better Healthcare Services, we understand that stretched budgets and a lack of staff can make your job difficult. Because of this, we pride ourselves on being one of the leading social care recruitment providers, with over three thousand skilled social care staff registered with us. This means that we can supply you with great staff when you’re looking for an extra pair of hands.
Contact us today
For more information on the services we offer and how we can help you with your social care, call us today on 020 7929 2975. We can work with you to create a healthcare plan that is perfectly tailored to your needs, with support workers who are dedicated to the care that you require.