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Most home care providers have seen fall in number of hours commissioned by councils – survey

Community Care

Most home care providers have seen a fall in the number of hours of care councils have commissioned from them, research has found. Half of agencies (48%) reported a fall of 25% in the number of hours of care available to them to deliver, with a further 32% reporting decreases of less than this, found the Homecare Association.

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Minimum price of home care to rise by 12% next year, says provider body

Community Care

The minimum price commissioners should pay home care providers will rise by 11.8% next year due to increases in the national living wage and the impact of inflation on services’ costs. That was the message from the Homecare Association as it announced that the minimum for 2023-24 would be £25.95 , up from £23.20

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UK home care workers cannot work as visa regime tightened, says employer

The Guardian

Grosvenor says it is prevented from making 3,000 visits a week as it pays migrant workers to sit at home because permits not renewed One of the UK’s biggest home care providers says it is paying dozens of migrant workers to sit at home and do nothing because the Home Office has not renewed key immigration permits.

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Home care packages delayed as staff shortages ravage aged care sector

The Guardian

The federal government last year pledged $6.5bn to fund an extra 80,000 home care packages to alleviate the huge unmet demand from Australia’s ageing population, after the royal commission warned of “unacceptable” delays. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading.

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Home care providers in England fear collapse over unpaid invoices

The Guardian

One in five firms see risk of financial failure in next six months due to sums owed by NHS and councils Dozens of home care companies in England fear collapse because invoices are going unpaid by councils and the NHS.

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More than 50,000 older Australians died while waiting for approved home care since 2017, data shows

The Guardian

While deaths not linked to delays, wait times for home care on the National Priority Scheme remain high, despite recent improvements Get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing More than 50,000 older Australians have died while on the waiting list for home care in recent years, data which Labor says shows the system is still in crisis.

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Almost half of home care providers across Australia to increase fees after new rules on carer pay

The Guardian

Home care helps more than 200,000 older Australians stay at home, playing a critical role in relieving pressure on Australia’s residential aged care system and ensuring independence for the nation’s ageing population.