Preserved Rights – NCHA opposes any changes to present arrangements

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

In reponse to the Department of Health consultation paper on Preserved Rights Income Support and Income Support Residential Allowance, the National Care Homes Association (NCHA) says it is opposed to any changes to the present arrangements in almost all circumstances. NCHA said when preserved rights income support was introduced in April 1993, residents funded by the State, who were already living in residential care and nursing homes, were promised that their fees would continue to be paid through the income support system. The association says the current proposals intend to break that pledge. “We believe that when these issues are considered two separate categories should inform decisions – care of elderly people and care of younger people,” said NCHA chief executive Shiela Scott. “We are extremely concerned that, if responsibility for elderly people is passed to local councils, the councils will re-assess the residents and move them to other homes. These residents have lived in these care homes and nursin

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