Paying for long term care is subject of panel discussion

Posted on 14 February 2011

The future of paying for long term care and choosing a care home in the UK will be discussed by a panel of experts this month, in an event hosted by the Guardian newspaper.

On February 15th, a live question and answer session will be held focusing on a number of issues, including the rising state pension age, geographical care provision and longer lifespans in general, which will make ways to pay for care a crucial subject in the future.

The panel includes Amy Swan, policy officer for older people and people with disabilities at the National Housing Federation; Carlie Ford, new business manager for Great Places and Mandy Haslam, head of adult care at East Thames Group housing association.

"If, as the Department for Work and Pensions predicts, one in six of us will soon live to the age of 100, this is not a subject we can afford to ignore," said the Guardian.

Recently, a survey by Which? revealed that many pensioners in some areas of the country are paying more than the average amount for their care while others receive the same services for free.

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