Cost of paying for care to rise on Jersey

Posted on 14 March 2011

Fresh proposals about how older people on Jersey will handle paying for long term care are due to be debated soon.

The Jersey Evening Post reports that the island's social security minister Ian Gorst is proposing to raise payments by 1.5 per cent to fund elderly care, potentially saving residents from having to sell their homes.

He added that the cost of pay for care and the demand for it are set to rise "substantially" over the year to come.

It comes after the chairman of Jersey Alzheimer's Association, Jim Hollywood, said dementia cases are on the rise.

He told the newspaper that in 2000, the island had 3,000 people over the age of 80, while by 2025 this will have more than doubled to over 7,000.

It follows reports from BBC News that a new scheme has been launched in Jersey which will pair up budding gardeners with older people who do not have the means to tend to their plants.

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