Leading health economist William Laing has published his ‘Personal Asset Protection Guarantee’ (PAPG) White Paper, the key proposal of which is that individuals are guaranteed to keep
about three-quarters of their personal assets in the event of their needing residential care in their old age.
The White Paper deals with the question of how the cost of long term care should be divided between the State and those individuals (mainly property owners) with care needs who have the resources to pay for themselves. The PAPG proposes a novel mechanism which defines individuals’ eligibility for council support for residential care in terms of the percentage of each individual’s assets which has been spent-down since being assessed as needing care.
William Laing, the founder of healthcare analysts LaingBuission, argues that the PAPG would be more efficient and equitable as well as easier to understand than … Read More »
A UK-wide poll commissioned by the charity Future Care Capital (FCC) has found that most people support income tax rises to increase funding available for adult social care.
A key finding was that most of those questioned said people should be required to plan ahead – 67% agree that people should be required to plan and prepare financially for later life, whilst 49% agree that they should be required to plan and prepare financially for adult social care services they might require later in life.
The charity has also commissioned a UK-wide poll through Ipsos MORI to gauge public opinion about preparing for and managing future care needs.
FCC chief executive Dean James said public attitudes about adult social care were changing
“Our poll shows that the public are willing to contribute more through tax to increase funding available for adult social care,” said … Read More »
Responding to research on MPs’ opinions about social care, Richard Humphries, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, said the research, by Independent Age, challenged the leaderships of both main parties to put aside their differences and work together to fix the crisis in the social care system.
“There is an overwhelming consensus among MPs that it does not meet the needs of the ageing population,” said Mr Humphries.
“MPs of both main parties agree that adult social care needs both fundamental reform and more funding, and so it is vital that the forthcoming government consultation addresses this.
“Despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers on this, successive governments have ducked the challenge with the result being that many vulnerable people are now forced to rely on friends and family or are unable to access care at all. Parliament has made clear that … Read More »
Social care needs to become part of the ‘national infrastructure’ on a footing similar to that of the National Health Service, with a reduction in the role
of local authorities, according to Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.
Interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys on the Today programme in the wake of a report published in the Lancet which says an extra 71,000 care home places will be needed over the coming eight years, Prof. Green said swift action was needed with planning for the next 20 to 30 years rather than focusing on a five-year timeframe dictated by the electoral cycle.
“What we need is the Government to see social care as part of national infrastructure,” said Prof. Green.
“If we want to have uniformity across the country, with everybody having the same opportunities. we’ve got to have a national policy. … Read More »
An analysis of care needs in 2011 compared to 1991, published in The Lancet, suggests that the ageing population combined with greater levels of dependency means that, at current levels of provision, there will be a shortfall of more than71,000 care home places by 2025.
The study compares levels of dependency in adults aged 65 years and over in England in 1991 and 2011 – 15000 adults in total, who were classed as high dependency if they required 24-hour care, medium dependency if they required care at regular times each day, low dependency if they required care less than daily, or independent.
Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said the past 20 years had seen continued gains in life expectancy, but not all of these years were healthy years.
“Our study suggests that older people today are spending more of their … Read More »
In reporting its financial performance for the second quarter of 2017, major provider Four Seasons Health Care says there has been across-the-board
improvement in earnings, occupancy and quality ratings.
Four Seasons chairman Robbie Barr said that in the second quarter of this year, EBITDA of £13.5m was 14% higher than in the first quarter, bringing EBITDA for the first half of this year to £25.3m, 11% ahead of the comparative period last year.
Turnover for the second quarter was £164.5m (£163.9m in Q1). Turnover for the first half of this year was £17.5m or 5.7% ahead of the comparative period last year, on a like for like basis, after adjusting for closures and disposals.
Occupancy across the group’s care homes in Q2 was 89.4%, compared to 87.5% during the comparative period in 2016.
Mr Barr said the group’s care quality ratings continued to improve, with … Read More »
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Research from Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has shown that almost half of Brits (47%) have a holiday fund as opposed to only 3% that have a care home fund. Furthermore almost three quarters of Brits (73%) have no idea how much the average weekly cost of a room in residential care is and 56% of Brits have no idea as to whether they would be entitled to state funding for a stay in a care home.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said:
“This new research from Care England comes at a time when social care is high on the political agenda. It shows that we as a sector need to do more to inform the public and dispel the myths that have evolved. We hope that communities will engage … Read More »
Angry care home owners in Wales say they’re owed over £30m in unpaid fees because of a legal battle over who should pay a £20 a week fee for
nursing care provided by care homes.
After more than three years of wrangling, the Supreme Court has reached a decision on a dispute between Welsh health boards, councils and providers, with the court ruling unanimously in favour of the local authorities and saying the health boards had misinterpreted the legal position.
Provider representative body Care Forum Wales said it was ridiculous that the health boards could not have reached an agreement without going to court in the first place. They believe the court costs are upwards of £1m, money they say would have been better spent on providing frontline nursing care for vulnerable and frail care home residents.
Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft said … Read More »
Sector analysts LaingBuisson say their research supports the findings of a BBC Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ report about care home bed shortfalls, which
shows that up to 3,000 elderly people will be unable to find a care home place by the end of 2018, and that the shortage of beds could rise to 70,000 beds by 2026.
LaingBuisson’s research has found that about 2,000 beds a year are lost in the elderly care home market, and that this fall in availability is concentrated in non-affluent parts of the country where there is a greater reliance on state payments.
William Laing, founder of LaingBuisson, and author of its flagship Care of Older People report, responded to the BBC report, saying ‘You and Yours’ had once again found a worrying downward trend in care capacity, largely because council paid fees (and central government funding … Read More »
Provider representative body Care England has published results of its survey on pay, and says the finding affirm the fragility of the system owing to
inadequate and unsustainable fees from local authorities.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the survey made it clear that providers were expecting higher staffing costs and falling profits whilst demand continued to increase.
“In order to manage this, providers are anticipating fewer local authority placements while investing in technology and services to respond to demand,” said Prof. Green.
“The sector can and must adapt, but dynamics are shifting and unless local authorities pay the commensurate rate to providers there will be a lack of capacity for local authority funded residents and the ongoing workforce challenges will not be addressed.”
96% of providers expected their overall staffing budget to increase this year and all expected further increases over … Read More »