Posted on September 20, 2013

80% of councils provide care only to the most needy

It has been revealed that four out of five councils will only provide care at home services to those who are categorised as 'critical' or as having substantial disabilities. In many areas it is now only those who are the most frail who will be able to get help.  Other amenities such as meals on wheels are also being limited.  This means that there are hundreds of thousands of elderly people who need help but cannot expect it from their local authority. The way the rules for each council have been changed means that the number of people who are using the care system has dropped by more than 30% over the last five years.  Those who have been categorised as 'moderate' or having 'low' needs often receive no help at all, which can make it very difficult for them to remain independent.  This makes it more likely that they are going to be moved to a care home, as there is no assistance for them in their own home. There are now only 12 councils prepared to help the elderly with moderate needs.  The report published by Which? also shows that one-third of councils have raised the costs for care at home in excess of the level of inflation.  In most areas a means-tested system is in place to decide who gets council help with care at home services.  Some regions have more than doubled the cost of domiciliary home care over the last few years.
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