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Domiciliary Care Service Statement

As you may be aware, there is currently a huge pressure on care providers to provide services without the necessary commitment to fund these from local authorities, who have themselves experienced huge cuts to their social care budgets over the last few years. This has been compounded by the need to increase salaries in line with the National Living Wage but without the increase in fees that this requires. We will be approaching local authorities to discuss the issue of underfunding.

SFHT has responded to the changes in social care by redesigning services and operating Supported Living Services. Although this has had a very positive improvement for the people we support, it is financially challenging to manage. This, in turn, further exposes our other services that have suffered financially for some time.

Our Domiciliary Care Service has, historically, been subsidised by SFHT. Having carried out some research into this, we believe that our Domiciliary Care Service has made an operational loss over the last 10 years.

In general, most Domiciliary Care providers have found it difficult to balance the financial element of the service with the flexibility needed to support people at different times of the day. Issues with split shifts and working over various locations means it is difficult to employ people to the service. Even when using an agency at extra expense they too have, at times, struggled to provide the cover needed.

As a charity, we simply cannot continue to operate the service and, sadly, have taken the decision to end our Domiciliary Care Service as we do not have the funds to subsidise it.

The SFHT Management Team are working with Mandy Harris to look at how we withdraw the Domiciliary Care Service in the most sensitive way trying to ensure, where possible, that individuals get the right support from elsewhere.

The Trustees have not taken this decision lightly and it is with great sadness that we have had to reach the decision to stop providing a Domiciliary Care Service.

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The Stable Family Home Trust - Private company limited by guarantee. Registered in England & Wales No. 4421606. Charity No: 1093672