Coherent, modern care for elderly people requires close co-operation between the NHS and local social services depa...
Coherent, modern care for elderly people requires close co-operation between the NHS and local social services departments. The LGA is very encouraged that these priorities have taken centre stage in the governments strategy for allocating the extra $269m for the NHS this winter, which was announced today.
With an ever escalating shortage of hospital beds, the LGA is pleased that the government has emphasised the importance of needs-focused services. As identified in the Audit Commission's report, The Coming of Age, also out today, too often the provision of care for elderly people in hospitals, residential or nursing homes, is inappropriate both for the elderly person concerned as well as the service provider. The LGA agrees that social services must work together with other service providers to develop long term, alternative methods of care such as home support.
Not all who need social care are eligible for it however. Health services are universally free at the point of need, whereas social care is highly targeted and charged for. The LGA is concerned that the Audit Commission report does not identify how those people who fall between the gap will pay for their care.