On Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:05:40 -0600, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
This is not the first indication of a move to reduce care for vulnerable or
less mobile elderly people by some providers.
Whatever the cause, perhaps this government should investigate and see if
funding needs adjustment.
I suspect it is already happening, Tony. It is a difficult industry -
there are a large number of small contracts, employing largely part
time, middle aged ladies who fit this work around looking after
families. The funders have been under intense pressure to reduce costs
for over a decade - it has led to workers not being paid for travel to
and from work, to having to provide their opwn transport and pay those
costs, and this for litle more than minimum wage with restrictions on
time they are allowed to spend with "clients." The DHBs still have
the cost of assessments, but now also pay for multiple contracts
(apparently for each client), monitoring of performance, as well as
charges that must of course include profit for the numerous care
employers. With minimum cost being the driving force, I suspect
contracts are now squeezing profit levels, but also there is
competition from that growing indutry, retirement villages and
hospital care facilities. They are the darlings of the sharemarket,
providing all those services at lower cost (after all their patients
are grouped together), and also they make most of their profits
through gains in property values, which mean they do not need other
than minimal profits from their clients.
The lady in the article is almost certainly hoping to stay in her own
home for a bit longer, but like landlords, the industry providing the
services knows that stories like this can only be helpful in getting
greater subsidies to restore profit levels. We know that increasing
the ability for students to borrow or increasing benefit levels has
merely led to higher rents for students and the poor.
Do you have any suggestions for improving the concerns of vulnerable
or less mobile elderly people, care workers under instructions to
reduce time spent, huge administrative costs, and an unfaior market
that pitches companies providing services against large coporates who
rovide similar services as an adjunct to tax efficient structures that
exploit rising property values?
Do you know whether our loyal opposition have any policies on this