IPPR, Policy Exchange survey says confidence in care sector ‘in crisis’

Almost a third of people are less likely to want to put their relative in a care home due to the Covid-19 pandemic according to a poll commissioned by the Policy Exchange and Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktanks. In a survey of 2,475 British adults on their views on social care after the coronavirus, the poll found 19 per cent are “much less likely” and 12 per cent “a bit less likely” to seek residential care for an elderly relative than before coronavirus, or 31 per cent in total. In addition, some 40 per cent of people

over the age of 65 said they were less likely to seek residential care for themselves. The survey found there is a consensus

among voters that historically the UK has failed to invest enough in social care. Some 61 per cent feel the UK has spent below what is required in recent years - rising to three-

quarters of those people above the age of 65. Over half of those polled (53 per cent)

agreed that more spend should be spent on care after Covid-19. However, only 13 per cent supported additional care funding from voluntary private contributions such as insurance schemes,

Charterpoint on course to build

66-bed Lincolnshire home Planning permission has been granted for a care home on a Lincolnshire development that forms part of a wider residential scheme delivered by Charterpoint Group. East Lindsey District Council has approved

plans for the two-storey, 66-bed care home which will be built on a plot alongside a residential development at Westfield Park, off Grimsby Road in Louth. Presented by care home specialist LNT

Care Home Developments, the plans for the purpose-built residential care home include individual rooms for residents, communal spaces for socialising, dining and recreational use, car parking, landscaping, and a bike store.

It is anticipated that between 50 and 60 jobs will be created by the development. Work is expected to get started imminently on the 2.2-acre site.

LNT Construction meanwhile has started on

site on a pair off new care homes in Faversham in Kent and Chippenham in Gloucestershire. That follows the successful completion of homes in both Bicester in Oxfordshire and Sandbach in Cheshire. LNT Construction is currently on ten sites

and due to start another two developments this month. “We are currently looking to add more sites to our development pipeline,” the company said.

while just four per cent were in favour of selling their house to fund care. Instead, nearly 39 per cent of those polled

support additional funding coming from general taxation, just like the NHS - with a further 19 per cent supporting a ring-fenced social care tax. IPPR senior research fellow Harry Quilter- Pinner and Policy Exchange senior fellow Richard Sloggett said the poll showed there is a “crisis in confidence” in social care due to Covid-19. “Covid-19 has been a national tragedy - especially for those families with loved ones who have suffered in our social care system,” they said. “A long-term cross-party solution for social

care has eluded us for too long. As think tanks across the divide, IPPR and Policy Exchange say enough is enough. It is time to fix our social care system.”

Ladies take lead at Nottingham care centre

Tracy Johnston and Anne Mirasol have been appointed by New Care as home manager and deputy manager respectively at Ruddington Manor care centre near Nottingham. The duo will work together, combining their knowledge and expertise, to run the 66-bed state-of-the-art facility in Wilford, which offers residential and nursing care services. Johnston has worked in the health sector since she was 16 years old, starting off as a carer and later qualifying as a nurse in 1999, and has worked for the NHS and privately. Mirasol, who originates from the Philippines, has worked in the health sector since 2007, moving to England in 2011 and working as a registered general nurse in a care home before progressing to clinical lead in 2016. In her new role, Mirasol is responsible

for providing clinical, managerial and placement support to Johnston, and will also offer support to all staff and residents. New Care chief executive Chris McGoff

said: “We are pleased to welcome Tracy and Anne to New Care. We were impressed by their career achievements, their dedicated approach and commitment to providing the highest standards of care.”

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