Representatives of the Continuing Care Conference (CCC) have told the Parliamentary All-Party Group on Older People of their ongoing concern over the government’s failure to make any announcement on the future funding on long term care for the elderly.
Speaking to the cross-party group of MPs and peers, CCC chairman Dr Chai Patel said: “Today’s older people need to know what care they can expect to receive and how it will be funded.”
He continued: “We urge the government to use the comprehensive spending review and the promised white paper to demonstrate its imagination, fairness, and concern for the welfare of older people.
“It is over a year since the royal commission gave its recommendations on the future funding of long-term care, and CCC is anxious that this important issue remains on the political agenda and the government develops a policy that is fair to current and future generations of older people.”
Meanwhile, voluntary organisation Counsel and Care has called for a public watchdog to regulate the treatment of elderly people in care homes amid claims that they are often seen as a drain on resources and deserve a better deal from the government.
The report produced by Counsel and Care states that the interests of residents in care homes, particularly in terms of choices, needs, and preferences, come a very poor second to economic necessity and market management.
PPP lifetime care’s head of retired market development, Jacque Langford, made her views on the report clear: “While I think regulation of care homes is probably a good idea, we at PPP lifetime care already have a comprehensive care support service in place.”
Langford continued: “Our view is that, if we are paying for someone’s care, whether in their own home or in a nursing home, it’s our responsibility to keep in touch throughout the claim to ensure they are receiving the standard and type of care they require.”