Direct payments should be extended to residential care

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

The (IHA) is disappointed that the Government¹s planned scheme for direct payments is not yet extended to the purchase of residential care services. The IHA adds that, as the scheme stands, it will only work to the benefit of the service user if local authorities are prepared to fund care according to individual need and not just for the cheapest care available. The association¹s executive director of community care Ann Mackay said that in such an environment, it was doubtful that a direct payments system would be responsive to an individual¹s need for choice and high quality services. “We would strongly urge the Government to consider extending the scheme of direct payments to the purchase of permanent residential care services,” Ms Mackay said. “Failure to do so would appear to be in contravention of other elements of the consultation which state that Å’councils should seek to focus on whether the person¹s needs are being met, rather than on the service being delivered in a certain way¹. It would also

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