The BBC has launched an online calculator, and guide, explaining how the care system for people aged over-65 works in England. It illustrates how much services might actually cost.
Holt, A. [and] Triggle, N. (2015). Care calculator launched by BBC. London: BBC Health News, January 28th 2015.
Triggle, N. (2015). Does the (care) cap fit? London: BBC Health News, January 27th 2015.
It is estimated that spending on care for people aged over 65 in England has fallen by a fifth over ten years.
Triggle, N. (2015). Care spend ‘cut by fifth in decade’. London: BBC Health News, January 28th 2015.
The Local Government Association has predicted a funding shortfall of over £4 billion in care services by 2020. Last year, 1.3m older and disabled people received state-funded support; but this number has decreased by 500,000 in four years. One in 10 older people could face care bills in excess of £100,000 over their lifetime.
Triggle, N. (2014). Care of vulnerable people ‘put in danger’. London: BBC Health News, September 21st 2015.
The UK Home Care Association (UKHCA) calculates that the minimum price that councils should pay for home care is £16.70 per hour, whereas the average is over £2 per hour lower than this.
Triggle, N. (2016). Councils ‘don’t pay fair price for care’. London: BBC Health News, October 25th 2016.
Information About Care and Support Options
A Local Government Ombudsman reported mentions cases where families may be paying too much for residential social care in England because of confusing or incorrect information supplied by councils:
Families often charged too much for care, ombudsman says. London: BBC Health News, September 24th 2015.
No Solutions On Offer From the Private Insurance Industry
Insurance companies, as yet, have shown little inclination to offer financial products designed to help people plan and budget ahead to cover their old age care costs (contrary to the original planning behind care cost capping policy).
Triggle, N. [and] Woodcock, S. (2015). Companies report ‘no interest in care insurance’. London: BBC Health News, January 29th 2015.
July 2015 Update: Catastrophic and Injust Care Costs Set to Continue?
Triggle, N. (2015). Care costs cap delayed until 2020. London: BBC Health News, July 17th 2015.
Triggle, N. (2015). Is the cap on care costs doomed? London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2015.
Further Cost of Care Project-Related Resources From the BBC
The BBC’s Care Calculator is found here:
Care calculator: the costs you face. London: BBC Health News, January 26th 2015.
The costs of care in England will be capped, in theory, from 2016:
How the cap on care costs works. London: BBC Health News, January 21st 2015.
Exploring disparities and inequalities in the four different systems within the UK:
How the care system works across the UK. London: BBC Health News, January 21st 2015.
Self-funders may pay over £1,000 a week to live in care homes, whereas councils typically pay considerably less:
Triggle, N. (2015). A day in the life of a care home. London: BBC Health News, January 27th 2015.
A video introduction / overview:
Triggle, N. (2015). Care in the UK: How it works and what it costs. London: BBC Health News, January 27th 2015.
Short-Sighted Under-Provision and Under-Funding?
The following commentary reminds readers that insufficient care provision in community, whether to prevent problems developing initially or to aid people recovering at home, results in otherwise avoidable hospital admissions / re-admissions, and so only adds to recent pressures on accident and emergency. Discharge from hospital is delayed, likewise.
Holt, A. (2015). Why the rising cost of social care cannot be ignored. London: BBC Health News, January 27th 2015.