The Government has launched a ‘Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support - discussion document, they are looking to end the "postcode lottery" over care for elderly and disabled people in England. A ‘Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support - discussion document was released at the end of June. The draft looks to see all councils in England fund services for those judged to have "substantial" needs, from 2015.
Many charities including Age UK fear that the threshold is too high and would exclude numerous people who need help with everyday tasks and it might ultimately mean less care. The government’s goal is to establish minimum criteria for England, which would prevent local councils reducing services due to budget cuts and would look to even out variations between local authorities across the nation.
Norman Lamb -Minister for Care and Support feels the draft regulations would set the minimum threshold at "substantial" - the level at which most councils currently operate. This would be a "starting point for local councils to base their care provision on". Under the draft discussion document, if someone is unable to carry out basic personal and household tasks without putting themselves at risk then they would be among those who would be eligible for funded care.
Ending the "postcode care and support lottery” is being welcomed by Home Instead but it is thought that millions of older people and their families who have assumed they will benefit from the government's social care reforms will miss out, under these draft minimum eligibility thresholds.
If you, your loved one or a family friend are currently confused or concerned about where to go for eligibility details, are struggling to know what to do if you are deemed to be outside the current local thresholds, are confused about the local Council banding system , require more details about the introduction of Personal Assistants (PA’s) into the care system, need to understand more about personalisation and what personal care budgets might do for you , have questions about continuing health care (CHC) or simply do not know how to connect with other local care services then please do not hesitate to contact Robert Godson ( Love Ormskirk member ) at Home Instead on : 01695 – 589071. Visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/westlancs or www.loveormskirk.com