BUPA welcomes minister’s new guidance on top-ups

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

Guidance issued to local authorities in October by health minister Stephen Pollard to increase choice for people choosing care homes has been welcomed by major provider BUPA Care Homes. Managing director Mark Ellerby said that in some areas, councils had short-sightedly viewed top-up fees in a negative light and had tended to place residents in care homes where a top-up fee was not applicable rather than allowing the resident to choose. “|We strongly support giving individuals real choice in selecting a care home and applaud the minister for issuing new guidance which will give people greater choice of care homes by allowing them to make a financial contribution,” Mr Ellerby said. “We stress that the use of top-up fees to increase choice must not become a way of councils putting an arbitrary ceiling on fees, or avoiding paying a fair rate for care in areas where there is a greater level of high quality provision commanding higher fees than standard local authority rates. “We are, however, delighted that the m

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