‘Turn back the clock to pre-1993’ says RNHA
While the Government ruminates behind closed doors on the future of social care funding, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called on it to give back to older people the same freedoms to make decisions that they enjoyed before the restrictions imposed on them in 1993 by the NHS and Community Care Act.
Up to then, says the RNHA, older people who had long term care needs – and who qualified for public funding to meet those needs – were able to exercise their choice to go into a nursing home or residential care home.
Since 1993, however, that choice has been denied to them unless they can afford to pay privately for all or most of the costs involved or unless they meet increasingly strict criteria on their eligibility for a publicly funded place.
RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the Government should not only reverse the choice-restricting impact of the previous Act but also ensure that anyone whose health has deteriorated to the point where nursing home care