June 2018

Homecare, including supported living, is vital for people with care and support needs to live at home, yet it is the most fragile part of the social care market.  Both commissioners and providers are concerned about the sustainability of this part of the social care market.

The 2018 Budget Survey of Directors of Adult Social Services found that almost a third of councils (48) had experienced the closure of one or more home care provider in their area in the previous six months with an impact on 3,290 people, and 44 councils had home care providers hand back contracts in the same period, with an impact on 2,679 people.

To help address this, ADASS, the LGA and the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) have worked together to jointly produce an updated top tips paper covering a number of issues common to care providers and council commissioners, with the aim of giving some pointers and practice advice on tackling practical aspects of the homecare market.

Please see below to download the full document.