Placing adults in care homes cost the council £52m
A REVIEW into adult social care in Bucks has been published and showed that the biggest cost involved placing people in care homes.
Almost 9,000 adults were helped with care and support from adult social care last year in Bucks, which includes 6,193 people over the age of 65.
The review, published by Bucks County Council, shows that, for 2014/15, the biggest cost to the council in caring for adults was placing people in care homes at £52.8m, with the next largest spend on looking after people in their own home, costing £44m.
Mike Appleyard, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Not many of our residents know of the extent of our care and support services, how many people we help and what it costs.
“The local account gives everyone the ability to learn more about what we do.”
As well as information on the key performance areas of adult social care, this year’s review has a focus on life stories and experiences from people who work with the council as volunteers or partner organisations.
In the review, Ian Cormack says that as a full-time carer for his wife who has multiple sclerosis, he would become exhausted and bad tempered if it was not for the help he receives from adult social care and his involvement with Carers Bucks, the organisation that provides help and support to carers on the council’s behalf.
The full report, entitled A Window on Care and Support in Buckinghamshire, is available at www.buckscc. gov.uk/local-account.
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