Lancashire survey on fees reflects national concern

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

Local authorities and care home representatives have welcomed the conclusions from an independent report reviewing fee levels paid to private care homes in Lancashire. The survey of 278 care homes across the county, published by healthcare analysts Laing & Buisson, was commissioned jointly by Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Borough Council, and Blackburn-with-Darwen Borough Council in efforts to identify appropriate fee levels that all three councils and their PCT partners should aim to pay for fully compliant care home places. The Fair Price for Care exercise was supported by Lancashire Care Association (LCA), the body representing independent care providers in Lancashire. Laing & Buisson¹s suggested model for setting “appropriate” fees is based on four main components of care home costs using local and national benchmarks including staffing costs, repairs and maintenance, land values, capital costs and other non-staffing costs. Laing & Buisson¹s Phillip Mickel-borough said the overall findings showed

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