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Problems identified in CQC’s State of Care report cannot be ignored

Responding to the publication of the CQC’s State of Care report, Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO and Chair of The Care Provider Alliance said:

“Today’s report sends a powerful message that the inherent structural problems of our health and social care systems can no longer be ignored.

“Social care needs to be seen as an integral part of the wider health and wellbeing system. CQC’s report is testament to the problems that a lack of coordination in funding creates first for social care, and then ultimately for A&E departments across the country.

“Tinkering is no longer an option, and what is needed is wholesale structural change with a major focus on prevention and care. We need a persistent focus on integrating health, social care, wellbeing and housing services to prevent the situation from reaching a tipping point. The upcoming Social Care Green Paper must address these issues as a matter of urgency.”

 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Gareth Lyon, Head of Policy and Communications at ARCO, [email protected] 07535088498

 

About the Care Provider Alliance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the 10 main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England. We work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it.

Together our members provide care and support to 1.2 million people through residential, home-based and community services, whether commissioned by local authorities and the NHS or privately purchased. Together our members employ over 620,000 care workers.

The Care Provider Alliance is an informal body with a rotating chair. Membership is of the representative associations with a national membership across the whole of England. However, some CPA members also represent services in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

We meet regularly with all the main national agencies involved in social care including Care Quality Commission (CQC), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services (ADASS). We have close links with the Department of Health, NHS England, Skills for Care, the Social Care Institute for excellence (SCIE) and the Think Local Act Personal Partnership (TLAP).

Our members’ services include residential and nursing care, homecare, supported living and extra care housing, shared lives schemes, advocacy and telephone helplines. They support children, adults of working age and older people.

The purpose of the Care Provider Alliance is:

  • To offer leadership to the care sector at a time of considerable change and uncertainty
  • To develop an effective way to engage and influence policymakers, national bodies, commissioners, regulators and other key influencers
  • To develop ways to work together to share information and extend our potential reach and influence
  • To collect and collate information relevant to market trends and changes in order to offer advice, guidance and support to our respective members
  • To share representation (and reporting responsibilities) at national events
  • To demonstrate innovation within care and support services and new ways of working

More information on the Care Providers Alliance can be found at www.careprovideralliance.org.uk.

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Government responds to Housing for Older People Inquiry

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the main body representing the private and not-for-profit older people’s housing-with-care sector in the UK, has issued a statement on the Government’s response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People.

Executive Director Michael Voges said:

“The Retirement Community sector holds the key to unlocking the Government’s ambitions for older people’s housing as outlined in this response.

It is very encouraging that the Ministry Housing Communities and Local Government have recognised the importance of extra care, the role that housing can play in improving health and social care provision and the appropriate role of event fees in funding such provision.

It is also right that consumers can only be served by clear and consistent use of terminology in relation to the different housing options for older people.

We look forward to working with the department to develop these proposals more fully and significantly improving housing and care options for older people.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editor

Housing for older people: government response to the Select Committee report

The Government’s response to the second report of 2017-19 of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into housing for older people has been published and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-for-older-people-government-response-to-the-select-committee-report

 

For Further Information, please Contact

Gareth Lyon, Head of Policy and Communications, at [email protected] or on 075350 88498

 

About ARCO

ARCO was founded in 2012 and currently has 29 members, consisting of both private and not-for-profit operators of Retirement Communities also sometimes referred to as retirement villages, housing-with-care, extra care housing, assisted living, close care apartments, or independent living apartments. Together they operate around 350 Retirement Communities, serving over 30,000 older people in the UK. There are also over 60 organisations affiliated to ARCO including ARCO Affiliate Network Subscribers, Premier Partners and members of the ARCO Accelerator Programme.

Retirement Communities are designed to support people as they age. They typically consist of individual one or two-bedroom self-contained apartments, located in a community or block of similar properties. Residents have access to a range of services and facilities. These will usually include on-site care provision for use as and when it is needed, 24-hour staffing, and dining and leisure facilities, and may also include facilities such as GP surgeries, gyms and craft rooms.

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Retirement Community Sector Joins Supported Housing Celebrations  

On 31st August, Starts at Home Day 2018, Michael Voges Executive Director of the Associated Retirement Community Operators said:

“Retirement Communities will be one of the fastest growing types of supported housing between now and 2030 as we aim to deliver the benefits to our developments to 250,000 people across the UK.”

“Starts at Home Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the vital role of supported housing and the Government’s recent announcements to safeguard funding for it. This will help our members to continue to grow, meaning even more older people will have the opportunity to live independently for longer, freeing up larger homes for others in the community and reducing pressures on the health service and social services”

 

For Further Information Please Contact

Gareth Lyon, Head of Policy and Communications, at [email protected] or on 075350 88498

 

  1. About ARCO: ARCO (the Associated Retirement Community Operators) is the trade association for operators of housing-with-care developments for older people. ARCO was formed in September 2012 by its founder members. There are currently 29 ARCO members including both private and not-for-profit providers of housing-with-care. Together they operate around 350 retirement communities, serving over 30,000 older people in the UK. There are also over 60 organisations affiliated to ARCO including ARCO Affiliate Network Subscribers, Premier Partners and members of the ARCO Accelerator Programme. ARCO sets high standards, and all ARCO members must adhere to the externally assessed ARCO Consumer Code. ARCO does not represent the traditional retirement housing model where there are limited services and no care is available.
  2. Starts at Home Day: Starts at Home Day is an annual spotlight on the vital difference supported housing makes to thousands of people daily. More information is available at www.startsathome.org.uk.
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