Capacity shrinks as care homes continue to close

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

UK care capacity in residential settings for elderly and physically disabled client groups shrank by some 9,600 places in the year to April 2004 to reach 486,000 places across all sectors (private, voluntary and public), according to figures published in Laing & Buisson1s annual market update: Care of Elderly People Market Survey 2004. Capacity across all sectors is now some 89,000 places lower than the peak in 1996. However, volume of demand dropped by an almost identical amount, 9,500 in the year to April, as local authorities reduced placements. As a result, occupancy rates remained steady at 92 per cent for independent sector care homes in 2004. A net 6,600 places were lost in independent sector (private and voluntary) care homes in the year to April 2004 (down 3,000 on the annual rate of 9,500 lost in the previous two years). A further 2,200 places were lost in local authority run residential homes plus an estimated 800 continuing care places in NHS hospitals. Closures Some 585 independent sector care ho

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