Government will pay for nursing care

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

Ahead of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, the Financial Times has reported that free nursing for elderly people and others who need long term care will be introduced by the Government as part of its plan for the NHS. However, the FT reports that the Government will not provide free personal care, which is said to include bathing, washing and feeding. Nursing care is likely to be defined as anything that a qualified nurse does, supervises or delegates. The package, which is expected to be announced shortly, is estimated to carry an annual cost broadly on par with the £1.3b recommended by the Royal Commission. There is also a reported assurance of free intermediate care for people discharged from hospital for rehabilitation, or sent to a nursing home to avoid unnecessary hospitalisation. The Government is also reported to be planning not to take into account the value of a person’s property during the first three months of long term care in a nursing or residential care home

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