MP highlights care home funding fears

Stephen Lloyd MP with trustees, staff and Department of Health officials, at Chaseley.
Stephen Lloyd MP with trustees, staff and Department of Health officials, at Chaseley.

REPRESENTATIVES from the Department of Health visited nursing care home Chaseley this week at the invitation of Stephen Lloyd MP.

The visit was to ensure policy advisors on the future healthcare of war veterans are fully aware of the facilities and history of Chaseley, and its suitability for both short and long-term care of severely-injured service personnel.

Mr Lloyd also talked to trustees, staff and residents about how funding cuts for adult social care are impacting on Chaseley’s services, and how this could have a detrimental effect on the long term health of its service users.

He said, “A number of the residents had contacted me, extremely concerned about the withdrawal of funding for therapy by their care commissioner.

“I understand that things may have to be funded differently in future, but what is essential is that there is joined up thinking in providing complete care packages.

“It is not acceptable that these vulnerable people receive letters advising their therapy will no longer be funded, when it is an absolutely essential component in keeping them healthy and mobile.”

Chaseley Home’s registered manager Helena Barrow added, “We are grateful to Stephen for highlighting our concerns. Therapy is not an option for many of our residents, it is an absolute necessity.

“If care commissioners decide it should be funded from a different pot, they need to act responsibly and ensure alternative funding is in place before they withdraw their own funding.

“Therapy is a lifeline for many people and to receive a letter simply telling them it will no longer be funded causes a great deal of distress.”

The Eastbourne and Willingdon MP intends to continue his campaign to protect the services provided to disabled people and will be following up on his visit to Chaseley with local Primary Care Trusts.