[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 12, July 2012].
The Local Government Association has accused ministers of “papering over the cracks” since they have been unable to commit (at present) to capping the lifetime costs which elderly people may face for health and social care.
Some limited progress includes:
- Funding: the Dilnot Report’s recommendation for capping the costs that a person might have to pay for care is accepted as the “right basis” for change, but there is no commitment to introduce a cap yet. Ministers need to consider the options. A “Progress report on funding reform” has been issued, with requests for feedback.
- Deferred loans: A scheme will be available for persons needing to pay for residential care. Costs (plus interest) are later taken from the person’s estate after death.
- National standards for access: a universal standard will clarify who can access care, instead of the postcode lottery of each council setting local criteria.
- Moving home: people receiving care are to have the right to transfer their care package to other parts of the country (i.e. without having to undergo new assessments) when they move to live closer to relatives, for example.
Triggle, N. (2012). Social care plans ‘simply paper over cracks’. London: BBC Health News, July 11th 2012.