Jon Chapman, director of specialist care consultants Pinders, has warned that pensioners could be forced into care homes because soaring costs are making support in their own houses unaffordable. The Care Act, which comes into force in April, will set out standards by which local authorities will have to abide. However, Mr Chapman believes the act could quadruple the cost of home care, forcing councils to take the cheaper option of putting the vulnerable into residential homes. Elsewhere, the Telegraph’s Glenda Cooper comments on a case in Cornwall where an elderly couple have been split up because of home care costs.
The Sunday Telegraph,