Home care now and in the future

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I have just completed the Guardian Home Care Survey which questioned my experience of Home Care provision.

This questioned me on home care now and in the future.

I am in a rather unique position both as an independent provider and as an observer when I “fill in the gaps” so to speak and perform tasks that other carers don’t.

I however have no experience of the time and staff management that a care agency needs to maintain to function effectively.

My observations include

  • Clueless young carers, not all are but one once asked if museli needed cooking
  • Insufficient time allocated to service user
  • Too many different carers in one week, lack of continuity & no relationship with the client
  • Carers who don’t care, few and far between but they are out there
  • Carers who join the profession when there is a lack of other employment
  • Too much form filling, forms should be used to highlight issues not list breakfast choices
  • CRB checks only prove someone has not been caught, not honesty and integrity
  • A lack of understanding of an elderly persons emotional needs, to feel of value and have purpose.
  • Difficulty changing from one provider to another and the awkwardness this causes the user whilst in progress.


The survey also mentioned the use of technology as an additional method of supporting the elderly in their homes.

Whilst this can be  useful in monitoring and in some cases reduce social isolation there is no replacement for the human touch.

It concerns me that in some cases when a care package is  put in place  family seem to relinquish the responsibility for care. More is needed to be done to ensure family members, carers and community groups work together more.

Let me know your thoughts.

Am I hoping for a perfect solution when in reality costs are escalating whilst budgets are shrinking ?




Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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