Individual budgets: care homes yet to feel their impact
On Page 10 of this issue of Caring Times, columnist Jef Smith charts the progress of the Government’s ‘personalisation agenda’ and speculates about the impact on providers of individual budgets and direct payments. There is much talk about these developments and so Caring Times contacted the major provider associations to see what role, if any, individual budgets were playing in residential or nursing care placements.
The feedback was unanimous in that individual budgets at present were having no discernable impact on care homes for older people. Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association did not, however, totally discount the role individual budgets.
‘There have been some reductions in placements, but the reason for this are unclear,’ he said. ‘I suspect it has more to do with local authorities raising there assessment criteria than it has to do with individual budgets, but they may be having some effect.’
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