Birmingham Council opts for extracare as closures continue

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A third of private sector carehomes in Birmingham have gone out of business in the past four years, according to a survey by Birmingham Care Consortium (BCC) which represents private care home owners in the city. BCC says the situation is being made more acute because Birmingham City Council has only 30 residential homes of its own and no specialist nursing homes, and so has to place three-quarters of its clients in private accommodation. Now, because the closure rate of care homes in the city is so great, more than 20 per cent of all local authority placements are made outside Birmingham – putting strain on visiting families. Birmingham City Council says it now plans to close 29 of its residential care homes, replacing them with sheltered housing complexes. This could result in even more very frail and highly dependent older people being placed in care homes away from the Birminham area. BCC spokesman Mike Gimson said the city council was paying uneconomic rates to private providers, making running a busines

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