Commment on the Dilnot Commission

19 January 2012

Nick Sanderson, Chairman of the Association of Retirement Villages and CEO of Audley Retirement Villages, said:

“The debate on funding long term care stimulated by the Dilnot Commission is a real opportunity to take the fear out of retirement. However, if we continue to discuss funding the current model of care provision’s fees, we will be missing the bigger picture. We need a new and sustainable model which recognises that those in and approaching retirement want the ability to have their health needs met in their own homes without the fear of institutional care.

“Extra care housing is a sustainable alternative that could ease pressure on the current care system by providing a flexible solution where care comes as needed to the consumer in their own home. Crucially, extra care allows people to keep in control and the Government to concentrate on providing care to the most vulnerable in society.”