- Managing and maintaining nutrition
- Maintaining personal hygiene
- Managing toilet needs
- Being appropriately clothed
- Being able to make use of their house safely
- Maintaining a habitable home environment
- Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
- Accessing and engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
- Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community including public transport, and recreational facilities or services
- Carry out any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child.
This is expected to affect 340,000 elderly people who be will be denied care in new cuts: Vital help to be restricted to those who need assistance with two or more tasks, the Government said a few days ago.
- Charities attacked new criteria announced by the Government
- Age UK said 340,000 would be denied care in ‘bleak’ future for elderly
- Department of Health insisted new rules are meant to mirror old ones.
Councils have been told to provide home help and other assistance only if people are unable to complete two or more essential daily tasks. If they are unable to do only one of the 10 appointed tasks then they should receive no help from their council – meaning they would either have to pay for the care themselves or do without it.
Under the present system, most councils restrict care to those with ‘substantial’ or ‘critical’ needs – meaning they are at risk of ending up in hospital without care.
The Coalition Governments new ‘national eligibility criteria’ – a minimum threshold of care that councils have to provide – says the elderly should get care if their needs arise from a physical or mental impairment, if they are unable to achieve two or more activities, and if this failure is likely to have a significant impact on wellbeing.
Richard Hawkes, chairman of the Care and Support Alliance said: The Care Act will only live up to its promise of a genuinely preventative systems that promotes wellbeing, if the Government re-thinks its plans to exclude so many older and disabled people from the system.
Neil Duncan – Jordan, from the National Pensioners Convention, said: People were expecting a better deal from the Coalition after all the promises. Many older people and their families will be very angry and disappointed about this. This isn’t about improving services and looking after people who desperately need support. ‘The whole thing is a con. The Coalition said they were going to fix Social care, but they ‘re making things worse. They ‘re cutting money from Social Care, so they ‘re restricting eligibility it’s cynical.