We need more lateral thinking and co-operation between agencies and the public and private care sector

  12th December, 2016

elderly people

The Times today is again quite rightly talking about the need for more social care funding, but like a broken record, I will carry on until somebody fixes me…

Yes, more money….  But more crucial is just a little more lateral thinking and co-operation between agencies and between the public and private care sector, this would will go a long way to solving the problem.

Recently I have yet again come across a prospective client being told by therapy staff that she can stay as long as she wants on the ward, no need to rush, despite my wonderful Live-In Carer being ready and more than able to look after her in her own home.

I’m not sure if this is the result of public sector staff being over suspicious of private sector providers, or whether there is, in fact (as I suspect) a disincentive within the system for patients to be discharged in a timely manner from the wards –  this seems especially true in the community hospitals who, of course, are not counted in the weekly NHS SITREPS…

This case, by the way, has nothing to do with funding, so I ask again can anybody fix me..??

Here is the times article that got me thinking today:

How the Tories buried social care in Britain

  • "The carers have been very good, one even using her free time to visit the husband in hospital and really going the extra mile."

    ED Westcott

  • "The  care that Jola provides is fabulous in every respect. I cannot praise her highly enough for the patience she shows with. It was a happy day when she came to us "

    RL Englefield Green

  • "As far as I am concerned, Roberta has been an absolute rock for our family. Completely unselfish in her care and invaluable."

    CB Guildford

  • "We are absolutely delighted with Karolina she is gentle and kind I love chatting to her and really enjoy her company."

    JH Cambridge

  • "Arbour provided live-in carers for my wife for six years from 2017-2023 including the pandemic. My main impression is of a very professional organisation in which owners and staff worked all the time to provide the support the client needed at as high a standard as possible. They gave equal attention to statutory requirements, care plans and staff training and never cut any corners."


  • "The support that we have had from Arbour Care has been, quite literally, lifesaving. They found an amazing carer to look after my elderly and disabled husband, who is very experienced, kind and thoughtful. She has made an enormous positive difference to the quality of our lives and I will always be grateful to her and cannot thank her enough."