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Physiotherapy can help avoid the need of costly residential care

5 July 2011 - 4:51pm

The CSP has said it will make submissions to the government’s white paper consultation following the publication of a major report into the future of funding of care for older people.

The report, from the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, which was set up by the government, recommended that people’s own contribution to their social care costs should be capped at £35,000 as they grow older.

But the commission estimated that this would cost around £1.7bn if implemented now, and that figure could rise by up to 50 per cent.

The government has said it will study the report and publish a white paper on wider social care issues next spring, as well as a progress report on funding reform.

CSP director of communications, Lynne Stockbridge, said: ‘The CSP will respond to the government’s consultation later this year as the white paper is developed.

‘Physiotherapy can make a major contribution by helping to keep older people mobile and independent in their own homes for as long as possible, avoiding the need for costly residential care.’

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