Thursday, 15 May 2008

Long-term care: scandal continues as elderly fail to get care they need

Changes to State funding have maintained a postcode lottery which fails the frail.
The changes to the system, which were designed to prevent a postcode lottery for care funding by ensuring that all local authorities were working to the same criteria, have resulted in "the entire care system routinely failing older people and their families", according to charity Age Concern.

Its research shows that when local authorities were required to use the same criteria across the board, around 5,500 extra people should have qualified for continuing care funding – where you have a need which is medical, which qualifies you to have all your care paid for by the NHS. However, in reality far fewer people are now qualifying for care funding, and huge differences still remain in how many people are getting the care paid for depending on where they live.
Link to article by Alison Steed