BUPA: nursing care payment system remains inconsistent

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Although care home residents in England are to receive up to £10 a week in extra money towards the cost of their nursing care, BUPA Care Homes director Peter Ludford says the payment system remains overly complicated and inconsistent. In October 2001 the Government introduced financial support towards the cost of nursing care – including administering drugs and giving injections – for all residents of homes in England. Before then, residents who did not qualify for help from the local authority had to foot the entire bill. Personal care, such as help with washing and dressing, still has to be paid in full by those residents with assets above a government-set limit. Writing in BUPA1s in-house magazine, BUPA Today, Mr Ludford said that, although the Government describes the contributions as “free” nursing care, payments did not cover the full costs for most residents. Nursing care is divided into three bands, depending on the level of need. Health minister Jacqui Smith has said support will be increased from Â

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