Ladyman claims the not-for-profit sector as his ally

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

|By Geoff Hodgson| Addressing the National Care Forum¹s first annual conference April, health minister Stephen Ladyman outlined his vision for the future and challenged care providers to develop new models and different ways of working. “I have no greater ally than the not-for-profit sector,” Dr Ladyman said. “I have no hesitation in nailing my colours to the not-for-profit mast ­ I would like to see greater not-for-profit provision.” Mr Ladyman said long term care had a long way to go on the journey to quality provision. “We must disregard the dependency models of the past,” he said. “I do see a role for residential care, but not in its present, dependency-focussed, form. The challenge is to remodel care homes to promote independence. I believe extracare housing will, in the coming decades, become a real alternative to residential care. “No one receiving services has said my vision is wrong ­ any care provider who does not take on board these preferences will not be in business in the future ­ nor should

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