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Issues surrounding choice and finance that elderly people should consider when entering Nursing or Residential Care Homes

Philip Spiers, Nursing Home Fees Agency

1 July 1996

Philip Spiers, Nursing Home Fees Agency

Throughout the country we hear reports of local authorities incurring budgeting difficulties and being unable to provide services except in the most needy of cases and, even then, such people may be coerced into local authority accommodation and denied their right of choice. It is a sad fact of life that decisions surrounding the provision of care services are often money led, but the rules relating to the provision of services and choice would seem quite plain.

Where it appears to a local authority that a person may be in need of community care services the National Health Service and the local authority has a legal responsibility under Section 47 of the Community Care Act 1990 to carry out an assessment of that person's needs and then decide whether the results of that assessment requires them to provide any such services.

Following this, where someone is assessed as requiring accommoda...

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