Report confirms that the system often neglects self-funders

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

The wide perception that self-funders seeking help and information about moving into care are neglected by the system has been confirmed by a report from the Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA).

Older people thinking of moving into residential care are often shocked by the complexity of care needs assessment and entitlements that faces them when they first make an attempt to negotiate their way through the social care system. They often turn to their local authority for help and the R&RA’s report, entitled Assessment Denied?, says they do not always receive the help they need.

The report, by R&RA chief executive Gillian Dalley, with Michael Mandelstam, explores the experiences of people who have to meet the costs of care themselves when they seek help from their local authority and sets out the legal position as to what they have a right to expect.

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