Borders funding crisis is keeping elderly people out of private nursing homes

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

By William Chisholm A community care funding crisis in the Borders may drive some of the region’ s private nursing homes out of business and is denying elderly people access to services, it has been claimed. Some proprietors are so incensed by failures in the funding arrangements they are seeking an independent value-for-money investigation by Scottish executive ministers. Borders social work department has been operating a virtual freeze on placements in the private nursing home sector since last September, and now up to 30% of beds in the region’s nine private nursing establishments are unfilled. At the same time elderly patients waiting for places are “parked” in hospitals at a cost of £1,000 per week, compared to the £355 which private operators can charge for council referred cases. According to Jim Dey, who runs the 45-bed Riverside nursing home at Selkirk, the council has deliberately ring-fenced community care money to ensure its own care homes are adequately funded. The council admits the number of

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