Bolton providers say more homes will close

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

A recent fee settlement in the North West is being cited as an example of how independent care homes are having to settle for levels of fees that are economically unsustainable. The settlement in the Bolton area, from April, gives increases of £301 to £326 for single rooms and from £293 to £301 for double rooms. In October single rooms will go to £330. The figures for single rooms include the £5 for a care home holding the Investors in People award and the £5 for a room being ensuite. “A number of the smaller homes simply will not survive,” Ms Collins told Caring Times in an interview. “Two small care homes closed recently in addition to one of the larger ones. We certainly cannot carry on as we are at the moment. “We explain to the council that the fees are uneconomic but they say ‘we haven’t got any more – that’s all we have’. “The problem is that our money is not ring fenced. We don’t know where else it1s going. They’re talking about more people going into care in the community, so perhaps a lot of

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