Older people face ‘triple lottery’ for care services

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

A national survey of local authorities conducted by older people’s lobby group Counsel and Care indicates that older people who need social care services are subjected to a ‘triple lottery’ based on where they live, how their local authority applies the eligibility criteria for care services, and the charging policy of their local authority. Counsel and Care’s National Survey of Local Authority Care Charging and Eligibility Criteria 2006 shows that it is very difficult for older people to access support in the community, unless their needs are very high. Two-thirds of all local authorities surveyed have set their criteria at the top two levels of substantial or critical need, indicating that there are many people whose needs fall below this level and are not being met by social care services. The survey raises questions about future service provision, as increasing pressure on both NHS and social services budgets has resulted in a reduction in the number of older people who receive services. The surve

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