HCA warns of closure crisis
Hampshire Care Association (HCA) has warned that the care home closures crisis is about to be fuelled by new environmental standards scheduled for introduction in April next year. Nearly 300 care homes are said to have responded to a survey carried out by the association, asking about the likely impact of new rules on stairlifts and bath ratios. HCA chairman Ronnie Cairnduff said the survey results gave clear evidence that requirements on lifts and bath ratios would seriously reduce local capacity. “By excluding a chair lift from the definition of a Å’passenger liftÂ¹, the Department of Health has set a time-bomb ticking,” Mr Cairnduff said. “We find it quite extraordinary that they donÂ¹t appear to understand how badly this will damage the sector.” The HCA survey showed that half the care homes in the district already had stairlifts. Seventy per cent said they would be unable to replace them with shaft lifts.