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VIEWPOINT a very belated Happy New Year to you all! We have enclosed a 2017 year planner with all the important dates for the coming year for the care industry and we very much hope you will find it useful. Since our last issue social care has very much been the hot potato once again. It is of course all about the funding, and we have had many press releases and comments from industry organisations and leaders highlighting the chronic underEDITOR funding. It is probably the most contentious issue facing us now. A couple of stories we have in this issue took my eye - one was the British public being unprepared for the financial cost of care (page 13). A survey revealed that almost ¾ of people expect that either they themselves or another close family member will need social care in the next 10 years. However, one in three have absolutely no idea how their care will be paid for and just over a quarter believe that they will be able to pick and choose whatever care they need without having to worry about the cost. The article further goes on to list the services which people would be willing to pay for if they need them. Taxis, gardeners, cleaners and lawyers all featuring on the list that people are willing/prepared to pay. However, being prepared to pay for care only features mid-table - 59% of people believe that care worker services should be available to the public free and only 41% said that they would be willing to pay for the services of care workers if they need them. Although it does not help in the short term I genuinely believe longterm solution to care costs will be preparation. We will, I believe, be forced by law to prepare to fund either all or a significant part of our future care. Which brings me onto an article on page 3. Property, according to the article, is the most practical solution for funding care later in life. New rules introduced in 2014 oblige councils in England to offer deferred payment schemes for those going into care homes, which are effectively loans repaid from the sale of a property at a later date. The article states that only 6% of people surveyed over the age of 45 have included care costs in financial planning. Which also leads on to another article. Mike Padgham chair of the Independent Care Group who has called for a countrywide referendum on social care, saying recently that “We need a referendum on social care and ask the country if it wants to pay a little more so that our older citizens can have some proper care later in years.” I do think it is time to involve the wider public. We have to educate ourselves to the fact that we have to prepare more. We need a fair and balanced system that is not a burden on a younger generation who may be forced not only to put aside money for their own care, but to fund the care costs for others that don’t. I would also take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful stories we receive. We have some great new stories in this issue, awards, a delightful story of an elderly couple (95 and 75) getting married, and stories of World War II heroes being awarded medals of honour for their bravery. Please keep the stories coming - we are absolutely delighted to print them. As delighted, I am sure, as those involved. Once again best wishes for 2017, from all at The Carer

Peter Adams

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The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.

The Carer #35 Winter 2017  

Issue #35 of The Carer - The leading independent publication for nursing and residential care homes. Published Winter (January) 2017.