Help the Hospices responds to new OPM report on how free social care could improve

Jul 02, 2014

A new report is published today, ‘How could free social care at the end of life work in practice’, written by OPM. It looks at examples of people approaching the end of life being able to access non-means tested social care in England.

The report shows that in some areas commissioners have been able to find innovative ways of integrating the health and social care systems to improve people's experiences at the end of life.

Commenting on the OPM report, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at national hospice charity Help the Hospices, said:

"This report highlights ways in which the care system could give people approaching the end of life greater choice and control over when and where they receive support and enhance their overall quality of life.

"Sadly, at present access to free social care at the end of life is severely limited, with widespread geographical variations restricting availability. This means that too many people are deprived of the support they need, or denied their preferences such as being cared for in their own home.

"We urge the Government to act to address this variation and to ensure universal free social care for people living with a terminal or life-limiting condition.

"Finally, we are pleased the report recognises the significant role that hospices have in meeting the social care needs of people approaching the end of life, as well as highlighting the variation in statutory funding hospices receive for the care they provide."

Notes to Editor

  • Help the Hospices is the UK’s leading charity for hospice care which supports and champions the work of more than 200 hospices across the UK.
  • Hospices provide vital care for people with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions and they also support their families.

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