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  • Writer's pictureCristine Enriquez

Prime minister Boris Johnson is looking at increasing national insurance to fund long-term reform of

Johnson and senior ministers have reportedly agreed to raise NI to reduce NHS waiting times and fund a cap on social care.

It is expected that payments will increase by 1 percentage point - which will raise an extra £10bn per year, ITV News reported July 20.

We were delighted to help ITV News with some filming of care in action and with the opinion of one of our clients who agreed “something needs to be done to help people who need support”, Ruth Green.

At present those who can access social care funding tend to have limited choice where to spend their budget. As a private home care service, we primarily work with clients who are privately funded. However, with more funding and government support in the future people requiring support in their own homes would have more choice to access services like ours.

This may sound like a costly change; however, we believe that better quality social care options would dramatically increase the well-being of service users meaning less strain on NHS services.

At FeelCare clients with a rehabilitation care plan often improve and reduce their support hours because they receive quality, continuity of care. This type of support cannot be achieved when services are overstretched and too big to understand the individual needs of their clients.

Christine, FeelCare’s Managing Director responded, “I have worked in social care for as long as I can remember, but sadly I started to fall out of love with my role as a care manager when I felt the quantity of clients began to override the quality of care. For me it's vital that we remain a small enough company to know each of our clients and carers by name. This is how we genuinely improve lives and reduce the amount of care needed. Our ultimate achievement is if a client no longer needs our services. Quality support costs. Our carers need to be supported, and investments need to be made to ensure we continually improve the quality of care. This isn’t indulgent it’s necessary and the only way to truly reduce pressure on NHS services”.

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