Responding to the news today that social care is “at a tipping point” in Wales, Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, said: “With an ageing population, that has increasingly diverse care needs and comorbidities, independent living is not always guaranteed. When this is the case we must ensure that the resources are in place to support vulnerable individuals, protecting their care needs and dignity as they grow older.
“The care home sector is an essential part of the infrastructure required to support the elderly population in Wales, especially as they reach the latter part of their lives, where care needs can become increasingly complex. Therefore, we must ensure the health and social care system in Wales is robust in planning for this increase in demand from this part of the population and, where possible, elderly patients are enabled to remain in their homes with access to domiciliary care.
“However, in cases where higher dependencies are found and nursing intervention is required, we need to ensure that sufficient planning and funding is found in order to guarantee patients are not at risk and are supported by an independent health sector that is vital to the overall management of health and social care in Wales.
“We must also ensure that the recruitment challenges that are currently being faced are tackled, with care workers receiving sufficient amounts of training and development alongside nursing staff in this sector.