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In Wales, important changes are taking place in social care. From April 2016, everyone will have the right to have their need for help assessed.
Home visits will have to be long enough to meet the specific needs of that person. The government in Wales says the new system will focus on people’s wellbeing and the prevention of problems.
It is up to local authorities to determine whether an individual is eligible for help. Most have set the bar at only providing help to those with substantial or critical needs.
If care at home is needed, the cost is capped at £55 a week. This figure will increase to £60 a week in April 2015. If an individual has savings or assets of more than £24,000, not including their home, they will be expected to pay for home care up to that limit. Those with less may be entitled to help.
In a care home or nursing home people with assets of more than £24,000 – and that may include the value of any property they own – will have to pay for the full cost of their care. Those with less than that may be entitled to some help towards the costs.
To find full details of teh cost of care in Wales visit the BBC Cost of Care project.
A shake-up of home care services in Powys ran into difficulty because of problems including poor communication and staffing issues, a review has found.
Complaints of neglect came after Powys council cut its list of around 20 providers to four in April and May.
Montgomeryshire AM Russell George branded the reorganisation “shambolic”. The council said there were “lessons to be learnt” and changes were under way.
Better communication between local government and the care sector is the answer to ensure that these issues are not replicated elsewhere.
For more on this story visit the BBC website.
Below is the newsletter from the Older People’s Commission for Wales, with updates of the Commission’s work over the last few months.
The newsletter gives information and advice on numerous different subjects including:
- The Welsh Government’s Nest scheme aiming to tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of existing homes across Wales
- Tax Help for Older People service that provides free, independent and expert help and advice for older people on lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for professional tax advice. Their team of over 450 volunteers provides support to people across the country.
- The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, established to improve the wellbeing of people aged 50 and over in Wales.
To read the newsletter visit the Older People’s Commission for Wales website.
Too many older people living in care homes in Wales have an unacceptable quality of life says a report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
The Report – ‘A Place to Call Home?’ – has been published following the Commissioner’s Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.
Review evidence also shows that the care delivered in many care homes in Wales often fails to meet the needs of an individual, focusing instead on a one-size-fits-all approach, something that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of older people living in residential and nursing care.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:
“My Care Home Review has been the biggest Review of its kind ever undertaken in Wales and has the voices of older people and their families at its heart.
“While my Review found excellent examples of truly person-centred care, enabling and empowering care that delivers the very best outcomes for older people, there are significant variations across Wales that result in too many older people living in care homes having an unacceptable quality of life.
To read more visit the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales website