CARE SECTOR CRISIS: 76% OF UK ADULTS DON’T THINK IT’S SAFE TO PUT A LOVED ONE IN A CARE HOME NOW

1.       53% would worry their loved one’s health would deteriorate if they were placed in a home.

2. 40% would be apprehensive about not being able to visit them

3. 70% say they now value social care staff as much as NHS workers in light of COVID-19

With lockdown easing many of us are planning to visit our loved ones in care homes having done our best to communicate with them from a distance via various technologies and with plenty of help from caring and diligent staff.

However, when faced with the decision of whether to put a relative in a care home, people understandably have more reservations following the pandemic and need reassurance.

Around 76% of people across the UK do not think it is safe to put a family member in care since the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half (53%) admit they would worry that their loved one’s health would deteriorate if they were to move into a care home while 40% would be apprehensive about not being able to visit them.

However, these concerns have no reflection on the way care workers have been perceived throughout the crisis. With around 70% of Brits valuing social care staff as much as NHS workers in light of COVID-19. Alongside this greater admiration, 64% say they are now more aware around what is going on in the care industry, with 70% saying they have learnt more about the sector from the media, as well as social media (28%) and friends who have a relative in care (19%) over this period.

According to new research by dementia care specialists Vida Healthcare, when it comes to the future of the care industry, stricter hygiene guidelines (65%), more staff (54%) and quicker access to medical supplies and assistance during health emergencies (56%) are the main priorities people would like to see introduced. Just under half (45%) would also like to see better technology rolled out across residential care to enable families to stay connected virtually, with 46% of consumers worried about the pressure of visiting family members within care homes as we ease out of lockdown.