Charity wants protocols for care home closures

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

In the face of the growing and alarming number of residential care and nursing home closures, the national charity Counsel and Care has called for the Government to initiate “closure protocols” intended to protect the older people caught up in the process. The charity¹s deputy chief executive Les Bright said there had been some 800 closures of independent homes in the last year, many of them closing with “unseemly haste to the detriment of the lives and health of residents”, and that there was every sign of this decline in the national stock of homes continuing. “At the moment there are no official protocols for such closures designed to protect the extremely vulnerable older people faced with losing their home,” Mr Bright said. “We believe it is time the Department of Health devised some closure protocols which should be enforced as vigorously as other standards with which legislation demands home providers should comply.” Mr Bright said the lack of such protocols made residential care homes “the poor cousi

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