Basic Care For The Elderly

White Paper launch

White Paper launch (Photo credit: bisgovuk)

Basic help guaranteed for elderly

Ministers are set to announce this week that every council in England will be required to offer basic help to frail or elderly adults to end the “postcode lottery” in care services. The move, which is part of the Care and Support White Paper, would stop local authorities from attempting to save money by cutting home-help services and care home places for all but the most severely disabled residents. The Government will also introduce measures to means test whether elderly and disabled people can qualify for free social care in their home. Meanwhile, the FT says the NHS is bracing itself to resist demands that its budget should be raided to fund the £2.2bn annual cost of implementing Andrew Dilnot’s social care proposals.