Potential gaps in consumer protection in the care home sector have been exposed recently.
Peachey, K. (2017). Worries over care home fees and funding. London: BBC Business News / BBC Health News, June 14th 2017.
Relentless pursuit of intentional dementia tax avoiders?
Robinson, M. (2017). Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told. London: BBC Radio Four MoneyBox / BBC Health News, April 15th 2017.
Who Would Have Thought It?
A factual appraisal of a dreadful prospect:
Holt, A. Triggle, N. [and] Walton, J. [et al] (2016). What’s the cost of care in your area? London: BBC Health News, September 13th 2016.
The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has found that care homes sometimes apply upfront costs and charge families after their relatives have died. Self-funders routinely pay over-much:
“The average weekly charge for self-funders was £846 – 40% more than local authority rates”.
Triggle, N. (2017). Care homes: Public ‘pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall’. London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2017.