Extracare vs homecare tug of war at long term care conference


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

By RICHARD HAWKINS, editor-in-chief, Caring Times A tug of war over the future of the care home provided an exciting match at the annual Laing & Buisson Long Term Care conference. The argument that care homes will take a back seat made a quick start with Minister for Community Stephen Ladyman¹s speech. He strongly defended his often repeated approach that extracare housing is the model of the future. He argued that extracare is flexible, able to cater for differing levels of dependency and attractive to the generation now approaching older age, who value independence and choice highly. When questioned by Caring Times on whether extracare is really a suitable model for people with moderate or severe dementia, (who make up a significant proportion of care home residents) the Minister drew his audience¹s attention to a new extra-care development in Suffolk which specifically catered for 12 people with dementia. He urged his audience to accept this as a successful model which they should consider. The swing tow





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