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November 27, 2008

Elder Care: Care Homes Law 'needs urgent reform' (UK)

Care homes law 'needs urgent reform'
By Joshua Rozenberg
26 Nov 2008


Care homes, day centres and home care are provided by social services departments to older people, people with learning disabilities, physically disabled people and those with mental health problems, among others. The law relating to these provisions -- and the people who provide them -- is known as adult social care law.

It's an area that's in urgent need of reform, according to the Law Commission. The current law is a confusing jumble of conflicting statutes enacted over a period of 60 years. It contains outdated language and discriminatory concepts. The Government's law reform advisers say that the law can cause distress to some of the most vulnerable members of society.
But before coming up with provisional recommendations, the commission wants ministers to agree the scope of its review. It has therefore published a list of the areas that may require revision.

"The current framework is unfairly and inconsistently applied across the country and we would like to see this changed so that disabled people are able to access the services they need and have the same freedom in their choice of home location as non-disabled people.”
First published November 26, 2008.

Abridged
SOURCE: The Telegraph UK
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