EXCLUSIVE: Abbots Care boss predicts ‘steep rise’ in home care demand

Camille Leavold- Abbots Care

Camille Leavold, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Abbots Care, has said tighter restrictions and infection rates in care homes mean there we will continue to be a “steep rise” in home care demand this year.

Speaking exclusively to Home Care Insight, Camille said interest in live-in care services would also continue to rise as new service users and families see it as a good alternative to care homes.

Camille hailed the government’s recent addition of care workers to the Shortage Occupation List as a “step in the right direction” but highlighted the difficulty and expense for smaller providers in applying for a sponsorship licence.

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The Abbotts Care co-founder said it would be interesting to see whether local authorities would increase their rates following the move to a ‘fair price for care’, which could influence salaries for care workers.

“If we can professionalise the workforce and offer higher salaries, we will be in a much better position as a sector to meet the demand for home care so that everyone can choose to live well at home,” Camille told us.

The managing director noted the sector was “way behind” in terms of technology adoption and needed investment to catch up.

“We also need local authorities to understand and support development of tech as we have come up against challenges on the use of tech to support a safer service, for example, when administering meds through Emar charts,” Camille said.

“There are some great tech companies who are trying to resolve some of our sectors challenges, like Birdie for example, and it will be interesting to see their progress with the new focus for tech in government paper.”

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