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Growing crisis of charges for older people's home care
Growing crisis as charges for older people's home care top £7,000
A new survey of care provided by local councils reveals shocking increases and wide disparities in charges for services for vulnerable older people.
The survey, published today (Friday, 30 December 2011) by Labour, found that councils are increasing charges for vital services including home care, meals on wheels and transport to day centres. It also highlights huge differences in the price people pay for care, depending on where they live. The number of people receiving free services has dropped by more than 15 per cent in the last two years.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Many people with dementia and their carers are being forced into a position where they cannot afford to pay for home care, or choose not to due to the extortionate costs in some parts of the country. This is a disgrace that should shame any civilised society. Home care services are vital in helping to maintain quality of life for people living with dementia. This survey is a damning indictment showing why the current system to pay for care needs to be reformed.'
Director of Policy and Public Affairs