A document aimed at increasing public understanding of the need for long term care has been published by the Continuing Care Conference.
The CCC was formed six years ago to seek solutions to the problems of providing continuing care for elderly people.
Its Framework Contract between Domiciliary Care Provider and Service User lays out the rights and responsibilities of providers and consumers.
The CCC is committed to persuading Government to provide incentives for individuals to make self provision for long term care to supplement state benefits. It also strives to ensure financial products are subject to mandatory selling standards.
The Domiciliary Contract gives practical help to potential consumers by detailing the terms and conditions used to draft a contract.
CCC’s members include BUPA, Norwich Union, PPP lifetime care and Help the Aged.
Dr Chai Patel, deputy chairman, explained the study was a way of using non-regulatory means to protect the consumer.
“For a lot of people in domiciliary care, the care is bought by local authorities on their behalf. The Contract can be used as a voluntary arrangement between the care provider, local authority and service user and is designed to give additional comfort and protection to each of these parties,” he said.