Social Care Wrong-Footed.

Prime Minister Bodj has pledged to sort out social care funding in his first 100 days in office   The trouble is that he has started out on the wrong foot by promising that ”older people can keep their own homes.”   It is the very opposite of what should happen, even though older people would not agree.

I have long argued this.   I even went to 10 Downing Street and presented the case to one of Tony Blair’s advisers.   Needless to say it fell on deaf ears.  My argument was repeated in a watered down way in Andrew Dillnot’s report several years later, but, it too was never implemented by successive Conservative governments. So thousands of older people languish in poor quality, poorly staffed residential homes and many more frail older people and their carers are left at home with equally poor domiciliary care if they get any support at all.

Bodj wants an all party consensus on the future of social care because he knows that a great many the older people who voted him in would not agree to a solution which requires them to sell their own home to pay for their care.    The hard reality is that as a society we have not saved enough for later life care and using the equity accumulated in property inflation in the last fifty years is the only way we can afford a better solution.

But first we have to solve the political conundrum of an all party consensus.    I think there is no chance of this happening.     The minute one party proposes using people’s homes to pay for care the other parties see an advantage in opposing it.     So we end up in the limbo we have been in for almost the last twenty years.

So don’t wait on politicians  of any shade, to all of them older people are in the “too difficult” red box to be left for another day.     The solution if you can afford it is to sell up and downsize.

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3 Responses to Social Care Wrong-Footed.

  1. most thought provoking!!!
    What does one do when alone, widowed, or as a widower? Grannie annex?? do we smoother our children? the local council? or think for ourselves, while we still maybe able to enjoy life, with ones spouse/partner after or at the point of being retired/made redundant from the work force??
    What do you wish????
    CAN BODJ solve this issue? or do we lead by example!!!!

  2. The future=monies for the elderly.
    January 15 2020
    I find myself, at a cross roads, with the issues, and considerations of the subjects surrounding ‘’OLD AGE’’ in the UK.
    The discussions at the time in political circles of the ‘Dilnot Report-2011’ and today’s discussion groups from the IPPR organisation, I sit back and wonder where we all go in the future as individual citizens of the UK.
    Personal view points of ‘’Growing Older’’
    I find it difficult to find data that as of 2020 shows the population of the UK by age groups, and which age groups are in the majority, with respect to earning capacity, or health issues that de-neigh earning capacity, and have to rely upon health and financial support?
    When one works and has gainful employment, one may not regard with finite detail the onset of later life, when one may have to consider retirement for a number of years, and during those years what would or may happen if ones partner dies, the support of family moves away from one- with respect to both time and distance, and their responsibility of their immediate dependants. There are many a brick wall one can build for the arguments that one has acted responsible, in reaching the decisions one has had to make throughout life?
    ACTIONS To what ONE may believe are problems?
    If one has been fortunate in life to live an active independent lifestyle, and enjoy a full and meaningful life, and reached the years of may be 10 years Plus since retirement [67], then how does one plan one future years, when the Politics, of the day and the decisions that can be made, are more complex from a financial point of view, or the loss of a loved one.
    One may hope that health, and financial support, while maybe ‘’means-tested’’ would enable an amenable solution to be sought to ones immediate problems.
    Immediate concerns are housing, and health, and remaining in as/an independent way of lifestyle.
    When one reads or hears the many stories of Care HOMES/NURSING HOMES, and their associated costs, and the individual levels of support operated by the registered operators of these complexes. Into this mix has come from warden controlled housing are the concept of ‘RETIREMENT Villages’ which offer ‘INDEPENENT LIVING with SUPPORT of DOMICILLAY CARE’.
    When considering seriously any of the above {CARE/NURSING HOME-RETIREMENT VILLAGE}: then one has to consider what is ones wish for a future life and life style. There are financial and social implications, and one has to be prepared to embrace what ever the chosen Organisation offers.
    PHILOSOPHY-MY BELIEFS of the Provision of a CARE HOME/Nursing Home and a Retirement VILLAGE
    Should the statistics for the anticipated future of the UK be that the majority of the population are to be the over 65’s, and that they occupy family homes whether they are Rented/Leased or freehold, and these homes are required by the UK’s younger families, so the POLITICAL wish, or the actual wish is for smaller family homes to be built for the older generation [1 and or 2 bedroom apartments ideally]. Again statistics some 40/50 years ahead what will be the percentage of the UK population? Will they be elderly, young with family? The question I ask is what is the Investment cycle for elderly accommodation, can if it is built sufficient for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, be utilised in the distant future for single and young family persons, and so ensure a return on capital. Or is this a bogus question when one with population figures multiplying?: in the world today, the UK becomes a desirous place to settle in??? Future statistics what could be the future population of the UK, and its age groups???
    Desirable features.
    The desirable features of a Retirement Village, built and managed on the concepts of the ; ‘’THE Extracare Charitable Trust’’ is the social integration in equal values of leaseholders-share ownership, and social=council, with an active age profiles from 55 to 85+ and mixed mobility and infirmity requirements with a third of the total population subscribing to some form of support that independent living may require, under a domiciliary care package.
    This concept is not a dream too far, should one have been frugally financial throughout life it is an attainable way of living, and a serious contender for life in ones latter years, when comparing CARE/Nursing homes, before ones health and independence in life dictates the future for one???

  3. An Oblique question[s]. In later life after retirement, companionship is or maybe sort, especially after the loss of a loved one: Can or is this question or emotion resolved by residency in a care home/retirement village? maybe without the direct need to cohabit? or is this just an ideal?
    Answers on a postcard please. Living in a caring community can and does answer some of these emotional questions, which when one is in ones own family house/accommodation cohabiting, there may be unseen and unanswered issues???
    I may be ‘barking mad?’ please answers on a postcard to the usual address.

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