They say prevention is better than cure. They say the social care sector is in crisis, with not enough carers, not enough beds in care homes. So, taking the adage to an extreme, what about preventing the need, as far as possible, for care support, for care beds?
Of course I appreciate there are numerous circumstances where what I am about to propose isn’t practical. But, in many instances, it IS:
where possible, expand our use of technology, living aids, in place of sending someone in to do that task, or putting someone in care.
Where relevant, it has numerous benefits. The pressured care resources are available for other cases where equipment isn’t a practical solution. It’s actually better use of funds to provide the technology- it’s a one-off cost, more often than not amortised within weeks or months against the cost of sending in daily care support.
And there has been research that shows people who were enabled to stay at home needed less residential care, had a better quality of life, and their physical and mental health improved- putting less strain on health budgets…...
Would you want someone to wipe your bottom? To help you on and off the WC? If there was equipment to do that instead, what would you rather have?
And that’s the opinion of the Better Outcomes Lower Costs report, originally written a decade ago. Numerous, subsequent reports have delivered the same conclusion. When are we going to change our way of thinking, and take heed of the proof: where appropriate, enable people to be independent.