A new survey has revealed that more than 50% of home care recipients claimed their service was either reduced or stopped completely at some point this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is based on research by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.
It conducted an online survey to which 723 people responded between 10 August and 7 September.
Over half (54%) of respondents said that their home care services were reduced or stopped completely since March.
One respondent reportedly said that their service stopped for a period of more six months.
As England headed for a second national lockdown, key concerns raised by the survey, which gauged the opinions of both carers and care recipients, included the proper provision of PPE and frequent testing and an overreliance on overworked, unpaid carers.
Committee Convener Lewis Macdonald MSP said: “The first wave of COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the social care sector in Scotland.
“Now that we’re in the midst of a second wave, and continuing national restrictions, it is vital that we hear the voices of home care workers and those receiving care at home across the country.
“These findings are deeply concerning suggesting over 50% of those receiving care at home saw their care reduced or stopped completely during the pandemic.
“Other concerns raised around mental health, safety, and the prospect of care shutting down again, make it clear that things must improve.
“The committee recognises the hard work of carers, paid and unpaid, who have gone above and beyond during this unprecedented challenge and we also want to thank all those who took part in the survey for sharing their experiences in what are still very difficult times.”