Abuse charity joins ECCA in condemning government recommendation to cut spending on residential care
A government suggestion that cutting spending on residential care is key to councils making best use of resources in adult social care has been jointly condemned by the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Action on Elder Abuse (AEA).
AEA chief executive Gary Fitzgerald said encouraging a reduction in the use of residential care in order to save money undermined the whole purpose of a needs assessment which involves personal choice and should not be promoted as a solution to funding challenges.
‘Such an option is clearly not about ‘efficiency’ savings based on the needs of the individual,’ said Mr Fitzgerald.
‘We need to strongly challenge the argument that residential care is never a positive choice and that older people always want to live in their own homes.
‘Such bald statements ignore the realities that, for many older people, living at home can be an isolating, depressing and worrying experience that involves living with minimal support or contact wit