Age UK predicts care home closures
Caring Times, November 2012
In response to the report from BUPA that shows that social care black hole has deepened to £892m, Michelle Mitchell, charity director general at Age UK said:
“This is a crisis that now risks spiralling out of control. This report shows the extent of the current crisis in social care underfunding.
“If local authorities are not paying the true cost of providing high quality care to care home providers, it risks both driving down the quality within the market and could potentially force providers out of business, leading to care homes closing and the devastating impact that can have on residents.
“It means that some care home providers could be forced not to accept residents funded by local authorities or raise even further the fees charged to self-funders to make up the shortfall. Either way it will have a disastrous effect on vulnerable older people who need care.
“The social care system has been under-funded for years, failing to keep pace with the rising demand of an ageing population. The Government must rise to the challenge and put in place the fair and sustainable funding that’s required to ensure older people the care they desperately need.”