This BBC News item reports on how communities, neighbourhoods and families have been involved in devising projects aiming to enable pensioners feel more confident that they will be cared for in old age.
In York, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity has established Hartrigg Oaks, a home for pensioners and elderly people. When residents, typically in their 60s, move in they are usually still fit and healthy. They pay money into a communal pot (approximately £170 per month for a 60-year-old) and this guarantees them nursing care free of charge if and when they need it later. This plan helps avoid potentially crippling elderly care fees of the kind dreaded by many older people and their families.
Read more: BBC News: New ways of caring for elderly people.
New ways of caring for elderly people. London: BBC Health News, October 15th 2012.
See also the brief BBC video: BBC News: Elderly care crisis requires innovative solutions.
Elderly care crisis requires innovative solutions. London: BBC Health News, October 15th 2012.