Community Care Funding
At some point, if you have dementia, you are fairly certain to become involved with Social Services in assessing your care requirement. Of all the things initially difficult for us was the
differentiation between and the understanding of health care, social care and who pays for what. These distinctions may have been clear to social service practitioners we came across but they
were not very good at elucidating it to the uninitiated. Basically, if you are in the community and have some savings, you pay for the help you need with your illness. This was always a grey area
we did not properly understand so for completeness on this website we have produced a
SUMMARY of broken government promises to avoid paying for care.It is up to date as far as possible but
whatever happens next has to wait till after the 2015 General Election.
Spending constraints on social care have led local authorities to tighten eligibility criteria, and this
has resulted in an increase in unmet need. Nowhere is the need for fundamental change more apparent than in social care where arrangements rooted in the 1940s have not kept pace with the social
and demographic changes. Rapid growth in the numbers of frail older people and younger people with disabilities has outstripped increased funding. A growing gap between needs and resources has led
to a tighter rationing of care by local authorities, restricting publicly funded care to those with substantial and/or critical needs. The net result of these trends is that the publicly funded system
is more narrowly focused on those with the highest needs and lowest means.