Home care is at the heart of the government’s 10-year vision for social care reform, Sajid Javid has said.
Presenting the long-awaited social care white paper in parliament today, the Health and Social Care Secretary said the government wants to “shift away” from a reliance on residential care, and offer people “genuine options” for drawing on outstanding care at home and in the community.
He told MPs: “By investing in preventative services, increasing the care and support options available, and providing the right information and advice to allow people to plan for the future, we can enable people to remain in their own homes and communities for longer, and achieve the outcomes that matter to them.”
To achieve this vision, the government has pledged to invest £300 million in a new “practical support service” that will make repairs and changes in people’s homes to help them remain safe and independent for longer. This funding will also be used to pay for new supported housing.
The government also plans to spend at least £150 million on new technology to improve care quality and safety and support independent living.
A further £500 million will be invested in carer training, and £70 million will assist local authorities to strengthen their commissioning capabilities.
The funding will come from the £5.4bn earmarked for social care over the next three years.
The government has previously announced that nearly half (£2.5bn) of this fund will be used to pay for the “Dilnot proposals” to implement a £86,000 cap on the amount anyone in England would pay for social care.
Javid said: “The pandemic has been an important turning point for social care, putting into the spotlight the incredible work the sector delivers day in and day out and highlighting the urgent need for change.
“This ten-year vision clearly lays out how we will make the system fairer and better to serve everyone, from the millions of people receiving care to those who are providing it.
“We are investing in our country’s future – boosting support to help people live at home with their families for longer and ensuring that health and care work hand in hand so people get the help they need.”
The government said its upcoming integration white paper will outline proposals to improve person-centred care and improve the interface between health and care services.
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