Support for review of homecare charging

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

Older people’s lobby group Counsel and Care has said it firmly supports a call by the Coalition on Charging for government to undertake a thorough review of homecare charges, especially the impact of rising costs and restricted eligibility criteria on the lives of older people and their carers.

The charity’s chief executive Stephen Burke said the situation for older people needing care and support had got worse.

“The ‘care gap’ is ever-widening, with practical support, such as shopping and cleaning for many being squeezed out in favour of intensive care services for a few,” said Mr Burke. “It is vital for the success of the reform of care and support for older people and their carers that government actively addresses the issues of concern raised in the coalition’s report, Charging into Poverty? (published on 4th June), as part of the care debate.

“In considering what would be the best for the future we must resolve the key concerns for older p

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