The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that more people want to receive care and support in their own homes. This means increased demand for domiciliary care, increasing the use of direct payments to employ personal assistants, and greater interest in other forms of community support such as Shared Lives and Supported Living. It has also meant a greater onus on family carers to provide an ever-increasing proportion of that care and support. We, therefore, need additional funding to enable us to provide more home and community-based care and to provide greater support to millions of family carers.
James Bullion, ADASS President, said:
"To date, the response to the pandemic has centred almost exclusively on the NHS and to a lesser extent on care homes. As we enter the new lockdown, there must be a greater focus on the majority of people who receive care and support in their own homes, and the millions of unpaid family carers who provide the majority of care and support for their loved ones.
"That is why we are calling on the Government to provide £480 million to ensure that older people and working-age disabled adults continue to receive the care and support they need in their homes over the winter, and a further £1.2 billion to ensure that unpaid family carers get the breaks they need over the coming months, to enable them to continue providing vital, life-saving care and support.
"This is not a nicety. It is a necessity. Without a stronger focus on care at home and greater support for family carers, those of us who have care and support needs will not receive that care, and our family carers will face an intolerable winter.
"During the first wave of the pandemic, much was made of the need to protect the NHS. The reality is that we only protect the NHS by equally protecting social care, and we will only protect the NHS and social care by protecting family carers.
Dr Phil McCarvill
ADASS Deputy Chief Officer