Should Care Providers Be Appointees?


No, ideally they should not.

There are clear conflicts of interest when care providers also manage the money of the vulnerable people under their charge.

Some examples of potential conflicts of interest are highlighted below:

  • The ability for the care provider to know the exact income of the client and build their charges around this to maximise what can be charged not what care is delivered. 
  • Charging for 'additional tasks' that are not covered a social services or NHS budget. Depending on the level of understanding of the client they may not be informed or included in this.
  • A care provider may have certain views over what someone can spend their money on which may lead to actual conflicts with behaviour or may lead to client feeling in a more dependent relationship and not empowered. 
  • There can also be confusion of professional and personal boundaries as managers/owners may act as next of kin, or get themselves down as executors or beneficiaries of wills without scrutiny.
  • Contracts may be signed for care commitments that a client does not have the mental capacity to understand.
  • Individuals may end up paying disproportionately for shared accommodation bills.

 

To refer a case for our appointeeship service please send an email to help@moneycarer.org.uk to receive our referral form. To discuss the circumstances of an individual and their various options please call our team on 01928 237194 in confidence and we will be happy to help.


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