Liverpool's Elderly Could Be Hit by Carers Crisis; Liverpool Council Has Defended Treatment in Care Homes. Jessica Shaughnessy Reports

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Liverpool's Elderly Could Be Hit by Carers Crisis; Liverpool Council Has Defended Treatment in Care Homes. Jessica Shaughnessy Reports


Byline: Jessica Shaughnessy

VULNERABLE elderly people in Liverpool could be faced with a shortage of carers, it is believed.

The council's director of social care and housing, Tony Hunter, and executive member Cllr Dave Antrobus yesterday defended the situation in care homes and said the real problem was in the home care sector.

Cllr Antrobus said: "My concern is that, in 2008, careers will get jobs at places like the Paradise Street shopping centre.

"Why work for not very much doing a stressful job, when you can do an easier job somewhere else for the same amount of money?"

Cllr Antrobus and Mr Hunter spoke out last night to defend the council's treatment of care homes in the city.

They said domiciliary care was their priority and, in a bid to keep hold of carers, would be looking at paying companies more money, so they can increase wages.

In a week-long investigation into elderly care earlier this month, the Daily Post uncovered a financial crisis in the city's homes.

Liverpool council emerged as the meanest authority in Merseyside, and care home owners insisted they will be extinct within 10 years if they do not receive more money.

But Mr Hunter said: "Is there a crisis? Three years ago, the prognosis for care homes was bleak and we were warned there would be a fall-out, but it never actually happened.

"We would like to be able to give more money, but there are other areas in the care sector where the pressure is greater, for example domiciliary care.

"There has been criticism of the amount of money we give to care homes, but the fact is we get what we need out of the money we spend.

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