Ursell says charity’s findings show some Councils are perpetrating financial abuse
Results of a recent survey by national charity Counsel and Care have been seized-on by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) which says they demonstrate that, for individuals who qualify for social services funding of their nursing home placements, many local authorities are paying less than the actual cost of the care provided.
Around eight out of 10 local authorities responding to the survey pay the same rate of weekly fees for all the nursing home patients regardless, of their level of dependency and need. Counsel and Care found that, as a result of this policy, nursing homes are having to compensate for the shortfall in their income by raising charges for self-funding patients.
RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the survey confirmed what his association has been saying for several years and added to the accumulating evidence from other sources such as Laing & Buisson and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
“Many local authorities are guilty of abusing their dominant position