Rowntree: free care in Scotland is working well

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

Scotland’s go-it-alone policy of providing free personal care for older people at home and in care homes has created a fairer system without undue extra public spending, according to an independent assessment carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Older people who use care services and their families feel that the arrangements, introduced by the Scottish Executive in 2001, are more equitable and an improvement on the past, as do social care managers in Scottish local authorities. The Rowntree report says that, while free personal care such as help with washing, dressing and grooming has reduced means testing and money worries for older people with modest means, it has not led to a feared reduction in informal support provided by relatives and friends. Researchers from the University of Stirling, who organised group discussions with older people and their relatives, indicated that free personal care at home had helped informal carers by allowing them more time to carry out other, less hands-on support

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