Over half of the British public are worried about being able to afford the cost of care, according to HC-One research.
Published to mark the company’s 5th anniversary, the YouGov omnibus poll revealed 54% of the public are worried about care costs.
HC-One’s Chairman Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP said: “Whilst we are doing everything we can at HC-One to provide the kindest and most affordable care, the economics of care in the UK remain unsustainable.
“Whatever the outcome of the General Election, the new Government needs to urgently review how care for older people is financed so that no-one has to worry about being looked after in their later years.”
HC-One’s research comes after the Government was forced to backtrack on plans to abolish a cap on care costs in its election manifesto following widespread outcry (see BREAKING NEWS: Tories row back on social care plans).
To mark its fifth anniversary, HC-One, which appointed Justin Hutchens as it new CEO last month (see HC-One appoints new CEO), is rebranding itself as ‘HC-One The Kind Care Company’.
Setting out his plans for the next five years, Dr Patel said: “The HC-One journey continues. Along with our new look and a new CEO, Justin Hutchens who joins us shortly, we are investing in our colleagues, their training and development and in our homes and services. With some of the kindest and most professional staff in the sector I’m confident that HC-One delivers the very best care in each of the communities we are proud to serve.”
Dr Patel is encouraging his team at HC-One to increase their emphasis on working in partnership with local stakeholders, commissioners and the NHS saying: “What we want to do now is to engage in a renewed discussion with our friends and colleagues from across the sector to ask, where do you want HC-One to be in 5 years’ time and what would you like us to achieve together, working in partnership?”