ECCA voices concern over closures

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

The English Community Care Association (ECCA) says it is a matter of great concern that there has been a decrease of six per cent among independent care homes. The figure was reported by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC), the outgoing regulator for care services in England, in its report “How do we care?” which documents the availability of registered care homes and children¹s homes in England and their performance against national minimum standards between April 2002 and April 2003. The NCSC reported that, while care home places for older people had fallen by just 1.6 per cent, the actual number of care homes for older people had fallen by six per cent during the period. ECCA chief executive Joe Campbell said smaller, independent care homes had been forced out of the market, thus narrowing choice for those in need of care. “This is a situation that needs urgent attention,” Mr Campbell said. “Home closures can have a devastating effect on residents who have been forced to move on from a closing c

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