Forty-three per cent of people in England would deliberately deplete their wealth to avoid paying for care, leading to more pressure on state finances than ever before, statistics from the latest Partnership Care Report show. Findings in the report show the number of people prepared to reduce their assets below the £23,250 annual threshold to ensure local councils pay for their long-term care has nearly doubled from 23 per cent (2013) to 43 per cent (2015).
Are the financial difficulties which care home provider businesses seem to be currently facing their responsibility to manage, a local government responsibility or does the situation require urgent government action?
When the House of Lords was recently told of the situation, the Labour peer Baroness Weaver asked the question following the news that the UK’s largest care provider, Four Seasons Health Care, was facing financial problems due to its £500m debt, which raised the prospect of care homes being closed.
If you need help with everyday tasks, your local authority has a legal duty to carry out an assessment to find out what help you need. Many people are put off by the idea of an assessment, but it’s not something you should worry about. A care needs assessment is simply a straightforward way of working out your individual care needs so that your local authority or trust can decide the best way to help you.