COMMENT ON ‘CARE IN CRISIS’ PETITION CALLING ON AN END TO THE CRISIS IN CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN ENGLAND
15 May 2012
Nick Sanderson, Chairman of the Association of Retirement Villages and CEO of Audley Retirement Villages, said:
“The debate on funding long term care stimulated by the Dilnot Commission is a real opportunity to take the fear out of retirement. However, if we continue to discuss funding the current model of care provision’s fees, we will be missing the bigger picture. We need a new and sustainable model which recognises that those in and approaching retirement want the ability to have their health needs met in their own homes without the fear of institutional care. According our research, the overwhelming majority (99%) of the population wants an alternative to residential care in old age*.
“Extra care housing is a sustainable alternative that could ease pressure on the current care system by providing a flexible solution where care comes as needed to the consumer in their own home. Crucially, extra care allows people to keep in control and the Government to concentrate on providing care to the most vulnerable in society.”
* Figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2017 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27-29 March 2012 . The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).