RESIDENTIAL AND NURSING HOME FEES/CONTRIBUTIONS

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Conference
2006 Retired Members' Conference
Date
16 June 2006
Decision
Carried

Conference condemns the continuing uncertainty for and inequitable treatment of elderly, disabled or chronically sick persons taking up or residing in a nursing or residential home. This is because of the independent powers vested in local authorities to determine the extent to which the applicant and/or their family is required to contribute to the costs of residence.

The problem is exacerbated by the attempted arbitrary division between nursing and personal care costs.

Conference calls on the National Executive Council, in consultation with the representative bodies, to codify and define the extent of such contributions nationwide.