Research by provider representative body Care England has shown that almost half of Brits (47%) have a holiday fund as opposed to only 3% who have a care home fund. Furthermore almost three quarters of Brits (73%) have no idea how much the average weekly cost of a room in residential care is and 56% of Brits have no idea as to whether they would be entitled to state funding for a stay in a care home.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the findings came at a time when social care was high on the political agenda.
“It shows that we as a sector need to do more to inform the public and dispel the myths that have evolved,” said Prof. Green.
“We hope that communities will engage with Care Home Open Day on Friday 16 June as a means to celebrate their connections with their local community”.
Care Home Open Day takes place on Friday 16 June www.carehomeopenday.org.uk and it will focus on the importance of friendship thereby building on Care England’s research that 57% of people think that greater intervention with the local community can combat isolation. In addition, 6 in 10 people believe that making visiting hours more flexible would be helpful.
Prof. Green said Care Home Open Day was yet another opportunity for care homes to be positioned at the hub of the community.