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Committee report highlights impact of COVID-19 on home care

Section: In the CommunityType: News Item Date Published: 12th November 2020

The report from the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee found 54% of survey respondents had their care reduced or stopped.

As part of the ongoing review into adult social care in Scotland, the Health and Sport Committee received over 700 responses to its online survey. These came from people receiving care, their family members, unpaid carers, and care staff. ‘More than half of home care recipients say care was reduced or stopped completely as a result of pandemic, survey reveals’ (this link will take you away from our website)

Amongst the respondents who were receiving care, or their family members, a third (33%) reported that their care at home had been stopped entirely. A further 21% reported it had been reduced since the COVID-19 pandemic started. For respondents providing this data, this reduction amounted to an average of 20.5 hours per week. Many respondents shared their experience that unpaid carers and family members had simply been expected to fill in the gap.

At the same time, 61% of care staff who responded reported that the care packages they were providing changed. Some staff reported the same issues with those receiving care, their family, and unpaid carers being assumed to make up the difference. This assumption was noted to have had negative impacts on the wellbeing of unpaid carers who were unable to access respite.

The survey identified seven key themes that mattered to respondents:

  • Safety
  • Continuity of care
  • Access to additional support
  • Communication & Guidance
  • Wellbeing & Mental Health
  • Recognition of Unpaid Carers & Service Users
  • Flexible Spending of SDS
  • Recognition of Care at Home Staff

You can read the full report and survey analysis on the Scottish Parliament website. ‘How has COVID-19 impacted on care and support at home in Scotland?’ (this link will take you away from our website)

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