Took OH for an xray today, and we had to while away 3 hours for the return bus home, so I bought a newspaper after seeing the banner headlines about the Green Paper ( which has, it seems been delayed 6 times). The article raised something I had been thinking of only last week, and I wonder what you all think about it........ We read so much about how people with dementia have to fund their own care in nursing homes, or if unable, have to jump through hoops for funding. I realise there is an issue that implies some homes charge so much, to offset the reduced fee social services pay for their users. I might be a bit simplistic on a complex subject, but I think that is the gist of it. The newspaper was drawing comparisons between the care of someone terminally ill with cancer and someone with dementia - how one is funded by the state and one is not. I got thinking - is dementia classed as a mental illness? Those who travel to the end of the illness will die of it, and often need to be secured. Someone who is bipolar, or psychotic or has another long term mental illness, are cared for by the state often in secure units if their illness warrants it. If the person who is bipolar (etc) is funded by the State, and does not have to fund themselves, lose the value of all they have worked for, home etc - then why does the person with dementia have to fund themselves if they are able? They both have mental illnesses... Have I got this all wrong - it's likely, I could not be understanding it correctly - but my thoughts are - why the difference? Does anyone know?