Users are the key to providers’ security

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

Most local authorities are unable to fund placements in independent sectorcare homes at normal commercial rates. Philip Spiers argues that, with theproper advice, residents and their families can meet the costs of carewithout falling back on state funding. As we near the Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission’s report and the expected White Paper I fear we must accept the sad fact of life that decisions surrounding the provision of community care services and the right of choice will always be money led. One of the aims of the Community Care Act was to offer those needing nursing home or residential care, at probably the most vulnerable time of their lives, the freedom of choice and the independence and dignity that accompanies that choice. To achieve this aim requires money. However, in reality we are aware that the constraints of central government funding and demands on local authority budgets will never enable what should otherwise be an individual’s right. We know that most local authoriti

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