Council funding cut puts paying for care in jeopardy

Posted on 31 March 2011

Older people in Staffordshire could soon become involved in a legal battle over their long term care plans.

Majesticare, which operates two homes in the area, recently refused to sign a funding contract with Stoke-on-Trent City Council that it says would reduce money paid for specialist dementia care, the Staffordshire Sentinel reports.

The move means some people will be forced to find ways to pay for care that could run into the tens of thousands of pounds.

"This contract reduces the fee level which the council is willing to pay to a totally unrealistic amount," Majesticare told the newspaper.

"With the reduction of income and rising inflation, we will not be able to continue to offer a service to Stoke-on-Trent funded residents."

Recently, the Leicester Mercury reported that local council chiefs are holding a public meeting to examine services for elderly patients in the region, addressing concerns raised by the newspaper's Care for the Elderly campaign.

Posted by Toby Mynott


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