Report highlights preserved rights ‘inequity’

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

A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report recommends the transfer of preserved rights funds to local authorities and new legislation and regulations at local and national levels. Written by analyst William Laing the report identifies people with preserved rights as a “socially excluded minority” who are strongly disadvantaged compared with residents supported by local authorities or the NHS. In particular, they are more likely to suffer a shortfall between what the state is willing to pay and a reasonable level of fees. People with preserved rights are also more likely to be accommodated in rooms with a lower standard of physical amenity and suffer from an “orphan” status – without access to the protection, advocacy and negotiating skills of social services. The report analyses two complementary approaches to the situation and outlines how they may help to resolve the problems faced by residents with preserved rights. In general, people who entered residential or nursing home care before the Community Care Act 1990

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