Funding issues have far-reaching impact

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

|Economist and nursing home owner IAN HOLDEN argues that government policy on long term care is flawed, tying-up housing stock and making the organising and funding of homecare more difficult.| The Community Care Act of 1993, and the numerous reports leading up to it resulted from reviews by the then Conservative Government of the rapid growth, and consequent rapid escalation of the costs of funding long term care. The emphasis in future would be on a system operated by local government which assessed individual needs ­ with a heavy emphasis on enabling people to stay in their own homes, or return after treatment. Appropriate care packages were to be arranged by social services departments. Consequently, growth in the long term care sector was brought to an abrupt halt, with a rapid decline in the number of registered beds. This was largely brought about by a progressive decline in the real value of fee support to the private sector. Many care homes, particularly those registered for nursing, became uneconom

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