In a move which could mark a significant change in Scottish health policy, Health Secretary Alex Neil has said he is determined to ensure equal treatment for dementia sufferers under the age of 65. Up until now, younger people affected by dementia have missed out on the free personal dementia care provided to those over 65.
You might think the choice of living at home is a basic right of any individual – this is true in the majority of cases – but when faced with the impacts of Dementia this choice, for many, can only be achieved with a financial contribution from your local authority.
Health Ministers meeting for the G8 summit in London have announced their commitment to finding a treatment or cure for dementia as soon as 2025, with the UK announcing it aims to increase research funding to £132m by 2025.
The Care and Support Alliance (CSA), which represents 75 organisations and charities, has published a report about the new cap on elderly care costs, claiming that those with ‘moderate’ needs will not receive financial assistance from the state. This could include people needing help with everyday tasks such as washing and dressing.
According to the insurance company NFU Mutual, which polled individual families asking them about their experiences of paying for the residential care of elderly family members, over 1 million families have to sell their homes in order to pay for care. These findings were announced less than 2 weeks after a separate study revealed that another 2 million people – a quarter of retired homeowners – are already expecting to sell their homes to pay for future care.
The Department of Health has published a set of draft rules designed to introduce a ‘national minimum’ level at which people will qualify for care. The new structure will replace the current system with four specific bands, ranging from ‘low’ to ‘critical’, and is intended to avoid the postcode lottery associated with standards of care across the country.
The prospect of paying for long term care can be worrying and confusing. However, you can be reassured by the fact that there are various financing options available: indeed, thousands of individuals in many different situations have