Is it a very straightforward job made over-complicated by people who think they know better and poking their noses in support of the concept of affordable live in care option to keep our old folks safe at home.
People become over paranoiac about who might be good enough to be allowed to take care of their elderly parents. Regulations, Care Quality Commission, and fear created in the media with the use of words such as;- “elderly and vulnerable” unqualified carers, EU nationals- (not being good enough)
Many people today are in our opinion quite unnecessarily living in a care home. Whereas with some minor tweaking they could instead- still be living comfortably in their own home.
In most cases, all that’s needed is to ‘take in’ a genuine and uncomplicated individual with a kindly and practical disposition.
Basically a mate, buddy, and reliable person. Someone to help with washing, dressing, personal hygiene, cooking and cleaning. Frankly a lot of the stuff which could be done comfortably by a girl guide or boy scout. Moreover, these people would not cost a fortune. Naturally, the individual would need to be screened DBS etc.
Elderly care is it overregulated
The system at present requires anyone providing home care to register with the care quality commission-nothing wrong with that. But it does present a huge barrier to new provider coming on to the market. The only exception is an individual who employs no staff.
Why is that you may well ask?
Elderly care is it over-regulated. The first obstacle is the burden of reams of paperwork and declaration of being politically correct, equality in the workplace etc.
The presentation alone can take weeks to prepare. Having said that all of which can be lifted and adapted from templates. Completing this part does nothing to demonstrate if you are genuine, or not, but more that you are able to say the right thing parrot fashion.
More significantly, you have to have in place a manager approved by them.
This is the case if you are caring for just one client, or a hundred. This manager needs to possess years of experience at a very high level. Nothing wrong with that we hear you say!
However managers are usually currently employed somewhere else in the industry and earning upwards of 35k per year. For example deputy manager of a care home.
How on earth can any newcomer entering the market be able to commit themselves (before they start) and without possessing even one client, commit to employing a manager at 35 k per year plus!
Especially bearing in mind the kind of people who aspire to owning a care agency, are those who are often already working as a carer earning £7.50 per hour.
I am sure they would comfortably be able to fund up (up front) a manager at 35k a year, I think not!
This is why the industry is starved of new creative talent. ‘By and large’ the only people who possess the financial strength to open a care agency are corporate opportunists.
Strangely no such conditions are required for nanny’s or an au pair who deliver just an important role.
With minimum formalities we are happy to entrust our precious child to a relativley unknown au pair. Yet when it comes to elderly care, there is a paranoid hysterical attitude: platitiudes of protection and vague misgivings as to safeguards.
The real area which causes concern is personal care. Any form of physical contact with the individual or god forbid a foreign born carer helping them if they can’t manage the loo causes all the hand wringers to come out.
Yet helping with taking a child to the loo, washing, bathing and physical contact are more accepted. Indeed if it’s an au pair taking care of the child, it is seen as an endearing trait.
Could it be that there are vested interests protectionism in the highly profitable live in care industry? It’s a fact there is little profit in child minding au pairs etc.
The media play a big part here by using emotive words such as vulnerable, risks of harm, lack of training etc. But with childcare how come these aspects are never mentioned?
It’s also an irony that more than 400,000 spouses handle caring for their partner without any form of training.
They are however trained in life experience and practicality and common sense. It seems and how come a partner or spouse, can care for a loved one unpaid, and without training? Interesting that!
Let’s look at the kind of training carers are given.
Usually it’s 4 days in a classroom with registration to sign on a NVQ course over 2 years. The course is usually distance learning. That’s-it, and off they go. Of course there are carer who may have accumulated years of experience and higher levels of NVQ.
What needs to change?
In our view a scaled down less stringent requirement. For example a watchdog who is more flexible. Or crucially continue with CQC but offer a grant to enable new comers to surmount the crippling cost of employing a manager.
Or closer monitoring without the need of a manager in place. More newcomers into the market would force down the high charges currently in place by what resembles a cartel.
Moreover many new care providers would be more than happy to settle with lower margins.
Currently a live in carer in the south of England is charged out at 30-40% more than what the carer is paid.
Lastly let’s touch on hospital discharges.
Elderly care is it over regulated..yep!
In our experiences Doctors are not always the most practical of people.
We have many cases where social services have been unable to release an elderly person from hospital due to some baffling Drs opinions. Forexample the elderly person needs two carers to steady them when supporting them. What would be the case if it was an anxious sopuse waitng on welcoming them home again.
Of course in hospital this can be implemented more easily but at home the sheer cost of an extra carer makes it prohibitive. So, basically often against their will, the elderly person is stuck there.
We had many carers from abroad many who worked previously in Germany and Switzerland who stated these rules there were not so rigid.
We agree 2 carers might be ideal, but if the elderly person is prepared to take a chance in order to return home then their wishes should be respected. But in UK no-means no. Eldery care is it over regulated? We leave you to be the judge on that one!
Elderly care is it over regulated
Conclusion. We need to devise and mobilize the masses into becoming live in carers to support our elderly folk.