ADASS RESPONDS TO INDEPENDENT AGE REPORT ON CARE HOME PERFORMANCE ACROSS ENGLAND

Responding to an Independent Age report on care home performance across England, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“This report is an important contribution to our national debate around how we fund, organise and provide the best care possible. The fact that a postcode lottery of access and quality now exists, with many areas at or beyond a tipping point owing to care funding shortfalls, is both a highly personal and a national tragedy.

“Councils and their social care staff are doing all they can to provide the best possible service and we should not forget that the majority of care homes are rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, despite overstretched resources and tightening budgets.

“Our population is changing, and demand is growing. However, with no long-term funding plan in place, the sombre truth is that people will face reduced choice and delays when it comes to deciding what care will work best for them. Therefore the Government needs to publish its green paper, which must contain a long-term funding solution in order to cope with our growing national care crisis, as a matter of urgency.”