Help the Aged: social care funding discriminates against older people

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

Older people are being obliged to leave their homes and enter residential care, and are receiving lower standards of support, because of government cash limits for social care services, according to Help the Aged. The charity says social care spending limits for the support of older people are “significantly lower” than for younger social care users. “Local authorities have a financial incentive to encourage older people to opt for institutional care rather than remaining in their own homes, which most older people would prefer,” the report Age Discrimination in Public Policy says. The average weekly expenditure in England on residential and nursing care is £342 for an older person, compared with nearly twice as much for some young adults. Widespread cost limits have prevented the development of new models of support, the report says, and failure to provide decent low level support may be putting older people at risk in their own homes. “Unknown numbers of older people will have had to settle for a quality o

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