NCHA’s response to the Government’s announcements on the funding of longterm care

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

Ambiguous small print and lack of detail in the Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission on the funding of long term care for older people has drawn a disappointed reaction from the National Care Homes Association. (NCHA). “We are extremely disappointed,” said NCHA chairman Barry Hartley. “The Government has failed to address the serious underfunding of long term care which is affecting elderly people now.” NCHA reacted cautiously to the announcements that the Government made in late July, expressing concern that there was not enough detail to evaluate the Government’s proposals. “We are being told that there will be three months’ free care for those entering long term care homes,” Mr Hartley said. “When the fine print is read the proposals appear to indicate that only the value of a house will be disregarded, so will people’s other assets continue to be means tested? If so, for many of the 30,000 people that are affected each year there will be no change. “At the moment, people with assets can en

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