The Citizens Advice Bureau Response to the States of Jersey Proposed Long-Term Care Scheme
Jersey faces a substantial increase in both the number and proportion of older residents over the next 30 years. Our ageing population means thatmore people will need long-term care and the cost for this care is set to double by 2044.
The States’ proposed Long-Term Care Scheme will provide financial support to Jersey residents who are likely to need long-term care for the rest of their life, either in their own home or in a care home. The Scheme aims to remove much of the financial worry that people have about the cost of long-term care. The new arrangements intend to put an end to the uncertainty and concern that homeowners and their families experience when facing unknown and potentially significant costs.
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Are you eligible for the Pension Plus Scheme?
If you are 65 or over, you may be eligible for the Pension Plus scheme which helps with the costs of looking after teeth, feet and eyes. It is funded and administered by the Social Security Department and replaces the 65+ Health Plan. You can join the scheme if you are 65 or over; if you do not pay Income Tax because your income is below the relevant tax limits; if you are resident and have lived in Jersey at some point for a period of five years; and if you have assets below a set limit. Your home is not included in any consideration of assets, and there is no membership fee.
Members of the scheme have their appointments paid for directly, up to set the limits, at the time of the dentist, optician or chiropodist visit. They do not have to claim any money back. Included in the benefit are allowances for dental treatment and towards the cost of glasses or lenses.
For more information and to apply, contact:
Primary Health Care Report
6 ‘Target’ themes emerged from the survey
Consumers lack clarity over costs incurred at general practitioners (GPs), dentists and other
Consumers report avoiding care from GPs and dentists due to costs and identify using A&E as
an alternative. Ability to pay for primary healthcare does not reflect willingness to pay; selfreported
attendances to A&E for ‘non-urgent’ problems were as common in high income as
low income groups.
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