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Nursing home care payment sought

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The scheme will help people who have had to pay for nursing care privately

The Manx Minister for Health and Social Security is to ask Tynwald to back a payment scheme for people who have had to fund their care in nursing homes.

The idea is to redress the balance for people in nursing homes who have to pay for nursing care which would be paid for by the DHSS in other environments.

Tynwald will be asked to approve the finance package at the July sitting.

If approved, payments will start at the weekly rate of 60 from October and will rise to 100 from April 2010.

'Positive move'

Entitlement to nursing care contributions will not be means-tested nor reliant on national insurance contributions and people will not need to make a claim for nursing care contributions.

Instead, the DHSS will try to identify people who qualify for nursing care contributions and make payments to them.

Juan Watterson MHK, Member for Social Security, said: "Social Security Division continues to review its services and benefits to target those who need support. This is a very positive move forward."

According to the Manx Government, residents of nursing homes who receive income support already have their nursing care paid for by the DHSS through their benefits.

While the new nursing care contribution will still be payable to them, it will be fully offset against their income support entitlement so, overall they will be no better or worse off.


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