Impact on property values hard to assess without clarification

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

Specialist healthcare property agents GVA Grimley say it will be difficult to see what impact the Care Standards Act will have on the value of care homes until the Government gives clarification of a number of issues raised by the new legislation. GVA Grimley said initial questions include: #If an existing home accommodates a wheelchair-bound patient in a room of below 12m2, will this room comply with the standards? #Will bedroom sizes include “total” space or merely “useable” bedroom space? #Will specialist homes, where double bedrooms are more appropriate for a resident’s treatment, eg, psychiatric units, be in breach of the standards if they provide more than 20% double bed spaces? GVA Grimley associate Amanda Nurse said parts of the Care Standards Act needed to be clarified. “Without clear definitions of the terminology, ‘grey areas’ of interpretation will develop for both operators and the Care Commission having to apply the standards,” Ms Nurse said. “This will continue the culture of the uneven playing

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