The Statistical Report and Internet tables present information provided by Councils with Social Services Responsibilities (CSSRs) relating to home care services purchased or provided during a sample week in September 2004. Details were collected on the number of home care contact hours provided by each sector and the number of households receiving services. In addition, information on the total number of hours and total number of visits received from each sector was collected.
The purpose of the Community Care Reforms of 1993 was to enable more people to continue to live in their own homes as independently as possible. New statistical returns, including the HH1 form, were introduced in 1992 to monitor and evaluate these changes. Information is presented here on home help/home care services provided since 1992.
Home care is defined as services that assist the client to function as independently as possible and/or continue to live in their own home. Services may involve routine household tasks within or outside the home, personal care of the client or respite care in support of the client's regular carers. It excludes services such as day care, meals, transport and equipment. Clients receiving home care through direct payments are also excluded from the HH1 return.
For 2004, information was collected on the HH1 form and generally related to the sample week of 13th to 19th September 2004. Some Councils with Social Service Responsibilities (CSSRs) provided information for an alternative week that they considered more representative.
Details were collected on the number of contact hours of home care and the number of households receiving these services. The data are broken down by the sector providing the service. In addition for each sector, a matrix of total contact hours by total number of visits during the week was collected. Information was not collected on the age or client group of people as this is being collected on the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care (RAP) return.