Well 2017 is over (apart from 3 days) and here at Multicare we think it’s always good to look back and review the year.
Overall the picture for the Care Sector isn’t too rosy. As is well documented, the combination of increasing life expectancy and budget cuts mean that the sector is under pressure like never before.
In an interesting article in the Financial Times they noted that
Another study by Opus noted that the average annual pre-tax profit of a UK care home is only £11,000, a figure well below that required to justify the operational and financial risk involved or to support the investment in the rising care standards required by the Care Quality Commission.
Clearly a root and branch reform is required if our aged population is to receive the care they deserve. However looking at the political landscape, with a weak government dominated by Brexit, it is difficult to see any progress being made in the near future. Once again this issue is likely to be kicked into the long grass.
Meanwhile the Changing Places campaign has been going from strength to strength. According to the Changing Places Year in Review, over 150 Changing Places were opened in 2017 alone, with now over 1000 registered in the UK.
Multicare were pleased to play a part in this incredible success story, working with clients and end users on a number of Changing Places projects during 2017. Of particular note was the project at the Royal Festival Hall where we completed a complete fit-out of a Changing Places room, converting two rooms into one larger room. Watch this space for a full case study soon.
Maybe there is something to learn from the Changing Places campaign. The power of social media campaigns, combined with growing media and public awareness, has created an environment where everybody is pushing the agenda forward, resulting in real and visible change. Could a similar campaign be started for care for the elderly?
Meanwhile the commercial sector, change continues with the development of new and innovative products. The new GHZero hoist unit and Wall Rail from Guldmann are fantastic new developments in ceiling hoists. The GHZero combines a complete hoist unit in the rail, making the hoist unit ‘invisible’. Perfect for private homes and also care homes, it is amazingly discreet.
The Wall Rail meanwhile can be mounted quickly and simply on any type of wall, including single thickness plasterboard walls. It is quick and simple to install, reducing risk and liabilities under the CDM regulations.
The year has been very busy for us as a team at Multicare. We have welcomed to new engineers to cope with our growing project order book. Towards the end of the year Hugh Bennett left us to search out pastures new, and we are moving over to a Sales Process Engineering environment now he has moved on.
Some highlights of the year for us include
All in all a very busy year – we look forward to 2018 and the challenges and successes it will bring!