Times, Nov. 1st 1999, p. 6
Reports that the government is considering a plan to provide free care for elderly people who have spent 4 years or more in a nursing home. Individuals would choose how to pay for the first four years of care, including via private insurance. The plan aims to prevent people from having to sell their homes to pay for long term care.
R Bennett and J Burns
Financial Times, Oct. 28th 1999, p. 4
Predicts that the social services bill to be introduced the 1999/2000 session of Parliament will include provisions to prevent local authorities by-passing care homes and sending the elderly to hospital to avoid paying the fees.
Department of Health
Proposed standards for all aspects of the running of a care home, including residents rights, complaints procedures, health and personal care, daily life and social activities, food and meals, dying and death, the physical environment, management and administration, and staffing levels.
(For summary and comment see Registered Homes and Services, vol. 4, Sept. 1999, p. 65-69)
M Johnson, L Cullen and D Patsias
Bristol: Policy Press, 1999
Study argues that real net gains in quality of long term care can be achieved through improving the effectiveness and skills of staff by training their managers.
Working with Older People, vol. 3, Oct. 1999, p. 19-21
Research by Age Concern in the North West has revealed that 'screening' by social services departments is denying older people the needs assessments they should receive according to he law. Screening or pre-assessment procedures should be transparent and rights to assessment made clear.
M J Fisk
London: Help the Aged, 1999
Argues that current housing and support services for older people segregate the generations, reducing independence and quality of life by providing 'archaic' forms of residential care and sheltered housing.
London: Salvation Army, 1999
Emphasises various issues linked with the 'ageing population'. The professional classes will be under increasing pressure to make private provision for the old age. By 2010, those retiring on the state pension, or an under-funded personal pension, could experience a dangerously reduced standard of living. A generation of people currently in middle age will form a particularly vulnerable care sandwich, which requires them to look after their own children and pay taxes towards their parents' welfare, whilst also making private provision for their own old age. Family breakdown will mean that the traditional support system for elderly people will be lost, resulting in greater social exclusion and loneliness.
London: Centre for Policy on Ageing, 1999.
Record of the proceedings of a conference held by the Centre for Policy on Ageing to discuss the report of the Royal Commission on the funding of long term care for older people and CPA's own work on national required standards for care homes. The issues of quality, costs and regulation which are the focus of those national reports were considered by speakers from a variety of perspectives.
Community Care, no. 1296, 1999, p. 14
Argues that Britain's anti-taxation and anti-statist culture is a key reason why elderly people's care is not adequately financed.