The BuDS Insight project is a series of polls and surveys to independently establish the impact of coronavirus on disabled people in Bucks and generate information which can be used to improve services and ensure disabled people are properly supported during the pandemic
The People’s Poll Panel
The People’s Poll Panel is a verified group of over 50 disabled people or carers of disabled people in Bucks which is broadly representative of the 40,000 disabled people in the county. The panel is asked to complete the same 7 questions every week to build up a picture of the changing impact of coronavirus on this group.
Click link for the full report: Insight People’s Poll – Report for wc 25 May 2020
Analysis of the data from three successive weeks of responses from broadly the same poll panel shows clear trends.
The impact of the pandemic on disabled individuals in Bucks and their households remains overwhelmingly negative, particularly on their mental health, but thankfully this negative impact is remaining relatively stable.
In practical matters, however, the picture is mixed. Less disabled people are reporting food difficulties, perhaps due to the growing efficiency of the national shielding service and local volunteer schemes, but the number of disabled people reporting money difficulties is sharply increasing. Similarly, while the number of disabled people needing help from outside bodies is relatively stable, the number of people who could not get the help they needed has increased significantly.
The three key messages from the BuDS Insight Poll Panel for Buckinghamshire policy-makers and service-providers are thus:
- Disabled people in Bucks are overwhelmingly being badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in their mental health. Local services to support disabled people and households with a disabled member must step up to this challenge
- There are clear signs of a growing financial crisis for disabled people and households with a disabled member. This needs to be addressed by money advice services and by local grant-making bodies, as well as by the national social security system.
- While most disabled people did not need help from an outside body, a growing percentage of those who do need help can’t get it. This may point to a reduction in frontline support or, perhaps more likely, that those frontline support systems cannot help disabled people with their most pressing problems, especially financial.
For a copy of the poll in other formats, contact us
Care Home and Providers Poll
All Bucks residential care homes, nursing homes, supported living settings and care services have been asked a series of questions to build up a picture of the impact of coronavirus on this group. This poll will be repeated weekly to build up a picture of how the impact is changing.
Data from the first care homes and providers poll is still coming in but suggests that, so far, Buckinghamshire care homes and services have been badly impacted by coronavirus but have been able to cope relatively well.
Nearly a fifth of care homes and services in the poll had sadly seen fatalities from coronavirus.
Most care homes and services reported that residents, staff and operations have been significantly impacted by coronavirus, with less than a fifth reporting no impact on residents, for example. However, all but a small minority of homes and services (8%) reported that they had enough equipment, PPE and staff to cope, although most had just enough to do so.
There are signs, however, that care homes and services need more outside help than they are currently receiving. 75% reported that they needed outside help during the pandemic so far, a high percentage. More worryingly, of those needing help, less than half received all the help they needed.
These are early trends, however, that will need confirmation as polls continue.
Click link to read the full report of the initial poll so far: Insight Poll – Care Homes and Services – wc 25 May 2020