Demographics research – its role in the healthcare sector

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

|By Matthew Bush| The old adage relating to property – location, location, location – has never been more relevant to the healthcare sector in planning the expansion of care provision. The market is going to go through a further period of change as the new standards start to impact on the existing stock of buildings. Furthermore, the models of care continue to evolve with the increasing emergence of alternatives, for example retirement villages, extra care and assisted living. In the past, operators may have commissioned demographics research and based their decisions on 1991 Census information on population, and compared this with the number of homes in a given area. In our view it is no longer appropriate to rely on such out of date statistics of uncertain accuracy. While statistically there remains an oversupply of care beds in the UK as a whole, this belies the underlying trends and closer analysis is necessary. The closure rate has accelerated with some 15,000 beds lost last year and it must be appreciat

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