Free care for Scots in England

Older people in Scotland who move to care
homes in England to be closer to their families will continue to
benefit from free nursing and personal care despite having left the

The Scottish executive has confirmed that
older people who are assessed as needing care in Scotland will
continue to have their care paid for if they then move to a home
south of the border.

But while Scottish residents who move south
will pay nothing, the situation in England – where only nursing
care will be free, not personal care – means there will be
inconsistencies between English and Scottish residents in the same
home. A report by the Care Development Group in Scotland, which has
been examining service provision for older people, is expected at
the end of the month.

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