Staff Anxiety over Rising Fuel Prices is Making People Leave the Home Care Sector

If you work in the sector of homecare, private nursing or even in mental health then you will know how much the rising fuel prices are impacting the work of what people do. Social workers and those who offer bespoke care packages inside people’s homes are finding that they now have to pay out way more money just to get their job done. Studies have found that 95% of home care employees have said that their team have anxiety about the cost of living and a fifth of them have said that they are considering leaving, as they are not able to fuel their cars. Polls have shown that this equates to around 10% of the workforce and they drive up to four million miles every day. There are an estimated 1.5 million care visits a day and 2.9 miles for every visit. One boss has come out to say that they have experienced a mixture of people who are looking for an increase in pay as well as an increase in those who are looking to leave. Fuel and food are major costs to most people right now and a lot of them are living month to month as it is.

Some care workers are not going to certain areas with their car because they do not feel as though it is viable for them to carry on working as they are. A lot of care home workers cannot afford to take out a vehicle that is fuel-efficient either and this means that if they work in London or anywhere else similar, they have to pay a huge cost for the privilege of driving into the area. This is not good, to say the least and if something is not done then it could mean the downfall of the industry in general.

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