From March 8th our service users have been able to have one visitor and from March 29th we are now able to have visits in the garden provided they are limited to no more than six people or are only made up of two households. We will keep you up to date with any further changes.
Outside of Airthrie there has been some good news in relation to the adult social care sector and Covid-19. The department of health and social care (DHSC) have reported that infections among care home residents have fallen by 62% after one vaccine dose, the DHSC have also announced that the NHS free PPE support for health and social care providers has been extended until March 2022.
We have been working closely with Rix to implement their multi me software at Airthrie. Rix have helpfully provided us with some students who are carrying out online sessions with our service users and staff to help them get used to the system and many of our service users are recording their goals, tasks, achievements and aspirations on Multi-me. More information on Rix Multi-me can be found here: WikiMe — multi me
Over the past couple of years Airthrie have worked in partnership with local colleges to offer work placements to adult social care students to help provide valuable experience.
Our recent student placements started earlier this month after delays due to Covid-19 and have been a huge help in the home. We are happy to welcome the students to Airthrie.
Adult social care statistics
NHS Digital have published the Adult social care statistics for the financial year 2019-2020, this report includes data on new requests for support, adults receiving social care support, local authority expenditure on adult social care, local authority social care workforce, experiences of adult social care and outcomes for those receiving adult social care.
Some of the key statistics outlined were:
- Demand – There was a growing demand on local authorities for social care support, the number of requests for adult aged 18-64 increased from 500,670 in 2015-16 to 560,360 in 2019-20
- Expenditure – Has continued to rise on adult social care with local authorities spending a net £16.5 billion on care
- Support – The number of older adults receiving local authority long-term support has decreased from 587,490 (2015-16) to 548,450 (2019-20), whilst short-term support has increased. The figures for individuals 18-64 are more stable
- Experience – Levels of satisfaction among service users for the care they receive are steady
- Workforce – Numbers of staff directly employed by local authorities in the care sector have increased, and vacancies have decreased. The number of adult social care jobs increased from 112,835 (2016) to 114,095 (2020) and vacancies decreased from 8,230 (2016) to 6,585 (2020)
It is important to note that this report does not include much data in relation to the impact of Covid-19 on the sector. You can find the full report here: Adult Social Care Statistics in England: An Overview, 2020 – NHS Digital