HCA warns of closure crisis

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

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 lift¹, the Department of Health has set a time-bomb ticking,” Mr Cairnduff said. “We find it quite extraordinary that they don¹t 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.

Comments are closed.

Latest blog posts

Inconstant gardeners

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Last Saturday was fine and dry so I managed to put in a few hours on our allotment. Not...

When the chips go down . . .

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I have heard people say they couldn’t get by without their smartphone, and I suppose this must be true...

Loneliness behind the front doors

By Guest Blogger KEITH LEWIN

Last week SCIE issued its monthly ‘Briefing for Commissioners’, its focus is on social isolation which it correctly says “can...