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Paying for Care

Starting a care service with limited resources is like dealing with a chicken-and-egg problem. You need both care workers and people who need care to get started, but you can't get one without the other; which comes first? We don't have the resources to hire a big team or to promise contracts to care workers right away, so we have to start small and grow slowly. We cannot guarantee care workers will always have enough hours to work. Likewise, we cannot guarantee that people who need care will always have a complete team of workers who can meet all their needs.

Building a team in the LOTI project means managing expectations and reminding everyone that we are growing slowly. Both care workers and care receivers need to be willing to take a chance on us, even though they know that things might not always be perfect. Six months into the project, we have found some people who are willing to take this journey with us. These people already have care budgets from the council. However, it is not always straightforward to use these budgets to buy care from Equal Care Coop. It depends on the type of budget they have.

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