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Dorset care home plan needs holistic focus

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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DORSET care home provider Colten Care, is calling on the government to put holistic, quality care of the individual at the centre of its proposed social care framework.

Details of the new system, revealed this week and due to come into operation in 2017, include plans for a rise in the savings threshold before people have to contribute to basic nursing care costs plus a £75,000 cap on the amount to be paid.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the changes would give people greater peace of mind about the care costs they or their loved ones might face.

Colten Care, which owns and operates 19 care homes with 11 of them in Dorset, has welcomed the plan but said the government should recognise the “true cost of care” is not just around nursing but also the quality of food and accommodation.

Group finance director Mark Aitchison said: “The government is finally starting to look at the issue of providing care for the elderly but the proposed reforms will do nothing to improve the quality of care that social services provide.

“Many local authority-run care homes have been sold or closed and the public sector is increasingly relying on the private sector to do more and more.

“Local authorities have long argued that the elderly care system is drastically under-funded and thereby currently hampers the ability to meet the needs of the elderly.

“The true cost of care includes people’s environment, daily activities and food – it’s not only about nursing care.

“For Colten Care, the focus is always on providing quality elderly care in an environment that enables residents to cherish their independence. This is something we are passionate about and sits at the heart of our business. I would like to see the government widen the momentum it is creating around elderly care to include improving the overall quality of care and the options available.”

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