Laing: demand for care home beds is stabilising

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

Care homes and long stay hospitals across the UK accommodate an estimated 477,000 elderly or physically disabled people, according to new figures for April 2000 published in Laing & Buisson’s annual review of the long term care sector – Care of Elderly People – Market Survey 2000. The total market is worth £8.6 billion and private sector (for-profit) operators dominate with a share of £5.6 billion. Demand for long term care in residential settings has dropped by 7% from its peak of 512,000 in April 1993 as local authorities, which took over responsibility at that time for paying for state-funded care services, have sought to care for people in their own homes. Erosion of demand is even greater if population ageing is taken into account. The age adjusted drop in demand is estimated by Laing & Buisson at 16% over the period 1993 to 2000. This means there are 90,000 fewer people in care homes today than there would have been if admissions had continued at the same rate as in 1993. Recently, however, the cost o

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