Concerns about cuts to home care funding are seeping into the equipment sector, with some mobility bosses expressing unease over recent reports outlining the scale of the financial shortfall.
Councils in England have recently warned they will be forced to decommission services if the Government fails to confirm more than £2.4bn in funding for elderly and younger adult care next year.
They are also urging the Chancellor to fully fund next year’s estimated £652m increase in the costs of delivering care due to rising demand and inflationary pressures.
But even with this additional funding, council projections warn of a £5.2bn funding shortfall next year.
And concerns over cuts to adult social care is not just restricted to local authorities.
Dolphin Mobility Yorkshire and Cumbria’s managing director, Gareth Watkinson, thinks that the cuts will likely have a continued negative impact on care.
He said: “The news that there could be sweeping cuts to home care and community care funding is a mistake in my view. We, at Dolphin Mobility, see daily the real physical and mental benefits to elderly and disabled people when they receive their community care equipment.”
Dolphin Mobility stressed that elderly and disabled people who opt to be cared for at home live healthier and happier lives than those who live in a nursing or residential home.
The recent ‘Better at Home’ study, commissioned by the Live-in Care Hub, discovered that people living at home with round-the-clock care are nearly a third less likely to suffer a fall, and half as likely to suffer a hip fracture than those living in a care home.