Andrew Dilnot, chair of the commission set up to look at adult care funding, is due to report back shortly with his findings and proposals.
The Dilnot commission is likely to suggest an overhaul of the eligibility criteria that local authorities use to assess someone for local authority care.
Currently, individual local authorities grade people as having one of the following categories of need: critical, substantial, moderate or low. However, the current postcode lottery for this local authority care could be replaced by a new national eligibility ‘threshold’.
A similar exercise was carried out in 2007 for NHS Continuing Healthcare, and yet eligibility still often seems to come down to the opinion and bias of the individual assessors.
But the key point here is that the Dilnot commission is looking at social care, not nursing care or health care. Most media reports are misleading at best, barely mentioning that people who need care primarily for health reasons are entitled to fully-funded NHS care.
Social care = local authority care
Health care/nursing care = NHS care
…and NHS care is free at the point of use.
Don’t me misled. If you have health needs, you should be assessed for free NHS Continuing Healthcare. It’s as simple as that.
Always remember, there is nothing in law that says that when you reach a certain age the NHS can wipe you off its radar. The whole approach of deciding whether someone with serious health needs is ‘eligible’ for NHS care is questionable at the very least.