Self-funders: focused information is key

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 5th July 2013
Embargo: 11.00 hrs Tuesday July 16 2013

Directors of adult social services are well aware of the additional pressures facing their budgets by an increasing number of people who, having funded their own care for many years, are increasingly turning to social services departments for help. The situation was raise in an LGIU report published today.

According to ADASS President Sandie Keene, the causes are many, and complicated. A growing number of elderly people have relied on savings which, in the current economic climate have just not stretched as far as they planned, or accrued as much interest as theyd hoped. In some cases previous reablement services might not have been as successful as wed all hope. While the fee levels in some care homes has bitten deeply into the resources of many older people, their families and carers.

She went on: I have absolute concern for older people, many nearing the ends of their lives, who get caught up in this situation. ADASS has been at the forefront of moves to help try to alleviate their plight. We are involved in ongoing discussions with representatives of the insurance industry to find ways of creating financial products which will help reassure older people everywhere.

While the whole drift of current and future policy will be to concentrate more vigorously and in a focused way on prevention services alongside colleagues in the health and other services.

According to Mrs Keene, the Association agrees `wholeheartedly with the LGIUs recommendation that, where they can, people should secure independent financial advice from regulated advisers. While authorities should do all they can to provide specialised information concerning the advice available. She agreed that this all would place undue pressures on already stretched finances, although the exact amount is still under discussion she said.

She stressed that directors of adult social services were fully aware of their broad responsibilities to all the adults in their local communities, state or self funded, and that providing relevant and up to date information to every citizen was of upmost concern.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, President, ADASS, 01132478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Media/Policy Adviser, 07976 837755/020 8348 5023

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.