Community care has suffered from a decade of underfunding

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

Ten years of chronic underfunding of community care have resulted in older people facing increasing rationing of key services says a new in depth study, Nothing Personal: rationing social care for older people commissioned by Help the Aged. Changes in policy, such as the withdrawal of the NHS from almost all long-term provision, the redefinition of nursing care, and changes in capital limits for residential and nursing home care have not only put additional demands on over-stretched local authorities, but led to a disproportionate allocation of resources going into hospital care at the expense of social care. Help the Aged policy officer Gail Elkington said the study had found that central government guidance to target resources to those in most acute need had resulted in serious cuts in preventative help. “Funding has simply not kept pace with need and this is having disastrous consequences for older people,” Ms Elkington said. “It is recognised that prevention is a key principle of social care. Yet more and

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