Members Bill - Free Personal Care Extension
Alzheimer Scotland responded to a Members Bill which proposed the extension of Free Personal Care to people under 65.
Summary of Response
Alzheimer Scotland broadly agreed with the proposal to extend Free Personal Care to people aged under 65. The response was based on a contribution made to the Scottish Government's Feasibility Study and the subsequent report published by the Government into some of the considerations for the implementation in practice. We welcomed the proposals to extend this and highlighted a number of benefits including:
- The improved quality of life experienced by the people supported and their carers, helping to support them to live well in the community.
- Free Personal Care as preventative spend which can reduce the likelihood of an unplanned admission to care, the need for crisis interventions.
- The Scottish Government's commitment to fully implement the policy by April 2019, with uncertainty around how the implementation would be funded.
- Sustainability of provision and risk of Free Personal Care experiencing the problems faced by other services which are funded by temporary or short-term arrangements.
- The use of the term ‘Free Personal Care’ itself and the wider public understanding about social care charging, including interactions with non-residential care charges.