Paying for Care of the Elderly
The cost of quality care of the elderly has been repeatedly kicked into long grass for decades and the problem is not going to go away.
Age UK quote the cost of residential care at around £600 per week and fees for a Nursing Home at more than £800 per week (as of July 2018).
The frequent cases of NHS Continuing Care being refused but later admitted after appeals, point to an unnecessarily complicated system which is unacceptable, especially where we are concerned with elderly people in difficult circumstances.
Sarah Wollaston, chair of Health and Social Care and Liaison committees, is reported to have considerable support for a parliamentary commission into health and social care from over 100 MPs, including 21 select committee chairs.
Hopefully this will result in action which creates a way to provide new funding for a joined-up system, linking local authority and NHS funding, equitable for all age groups, which does not penalise those who have saved carefully over their lifetime.
New money is needed. We have seen numerous half-hearted attempts to resolve this problem in the past by trying to take money from other areas of the budget. That, we know, is just not feasible because of the amounts required. We wish Ms Wollaston success with a parliamentary commission!
If you would like to discuss planning for long term care for you or your loved ones, please do get in touch with us.