Care Home Closures

Part of Question for Urgent Oral Answer — Health, Social Services and Public Safety – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 30th November 2015.

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Photo of Simon Hamilton Simon Hamilton DUP 3:45 pm, 30th November 2015

Obviously a tariff is paid and many residents and their families pay top-ups over and above that for a higher or different standard of care. One of the things that I said last week — and just to try to take away some of the concerns that may well be there from this week — is that I gave an assurance that residents will not be financially disadvantaged by any move that they might make. That is because it will be difficult enough for residents and their families to deal with the situation that has unfolded in the last week without having that added pressure and burden of worrying about the fact that they are moving from one accommodation to another and there might be slightly more to pay. It is important that we dealt with that last week. That is why I gave that assurance. If the trust finds a resident a new placement, it will not cost them any more than their current placement. However, personal choice is always a key element of decisions about where people want to go. Residents remain free to make their own arrangements about their new placement, though this may have financial implications for them. If they move to similar accommodation, we will certainly ensure that they are not out of pocket any more than they already are.