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Watchdog Demands Fair Deal for All in Care Homes

Magazine article Public Finance

Watchdog Demands Fair Deal for All in Care Homes

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Local authorities must perform detailed needs assessments of elderly people going into care homes to help them get a fair deal, the Commission for Social Care Inspection insisted this week.

All older people are entitled to a local authority needs assessment, not just those who qualify for state support, but 50% of self-funders said they were not assessed. This left many unaware of what they were paying for.

The commission's report, A fair contract with older people?, examined the experiences of more than 1,700 older people. It found that they can pay between £650 and £1,500 a week for places in the same care home.

Although care home information had improved, there was often no clear explanation of why some residents paid more than others.

Lower rates negotiated by councils had a knock-on effect on fee-payers, with the latter sometimes subsidising the care of those who qualified for council support. …

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