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Adult home care companies asked to share operational delivery costs

Adult social care and wellbeing

18 July 2022

Adult being helped at home by a caring nurse

Companies which supply care to adults in their homes across West Northamptonshire are being encouraged to complete a survey on the fair cost of care.

The survey follows publication of the Department of Health and Social Care’s White Paper, ‘People at the Heart of Care’ in December 2021 which seeks to change how social care is arranged and funded.

To guide that reform the Paper requires local authorities to consult with home care companies in their local authority area to find out what it costs to deliver home care services.

West Northants Council (WNC) has circulated a survey to more than 100 home care providers in the area.

Cllr Matt Golby, WNC’s Cabinet Member for adult care, wellbeing, and health integration, said: “We have to look at a new way of doing things so that the care sector is more sustainable, workers have a job that is fulfilling and most importantly to provide the best possible care to adults who need it.

"I hope as many providers as possible complete the survey and the Government is given an accurate picture to support the changes required to how services are commissioned and delivered in a way that also grows the sector."

The survey is open to all providers working across the domiciliary care field in West Northants and closes on Wednesday, 27 July 2022.

Understanding home care operating costs will enable to the Council to meet Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund requirements to report on fair and sustainable cost for purchasing care.

The Council must report on local care costs by Friday, 14 October 2022 in order to receive Government financial support in 2023-24 and 2024-25 and changes as a result of the social care reforms.

To take part, email [email protected] to request a survey.

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