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Care home owner raises concerns

A BOGNOR Regis care home owner has tackled a government minister about social care.


Julian Hitchcock asked to meet the under-secretary of state for community health and care in Whitehall in advance of a Green Paper about the future of how best to look after elderly people.


Aronel Cottage owner Mr Hitchcock used his session with David Mowat at the Department for Health to talk about the 12-week disregard, where a person’s property assets are ignored for their first three months as a permanent care home resident, and bed blocking.


The meeting was arranged by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb.


Mr Gibb said afterwards: “Social care is an issue of huge importance, both nationally and in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton because of the large elderly population.


“The announcement of an additional £2 billion funding for adult social care in the spring budget this month is very welcome. It was excellent to have Julian’s expertise when discussing possible steps forward for more effective social care provision in the meeting with the minister.”


The 34-bedroom Aronel Cottage care home in Highfield Road is rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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