Care association challenges Lancs Œvision¹ to cut residential places

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| A legal challenge to Lancashire County Council¹s plans to reduce dramatically placements of frail and elderly people in residential care has been launched by the Lancashire Care Association (LCA). In late February the Lancashire County Council wrote to all care home owners advising them that it had set its care managers a target of a 10 per cent reduction in residential care places from April as part a “vision” expressed by Councillors that, by 2007, “a full range of services would be available to older people and their carers, so removing the need for non-specialist, long term residential care for many physically frail older people”. “It is no coincidence that our plans aimed at 2007,” the Council¹s letter continued. “This is the year that the full impact of the new national care standards will take effect. We recognise that the majority of residential homes in the county will not be able to meet these new standards without significant investment, and that investment decisions can only b

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