Occupancy reflects ageing population

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

The percentage of residents aged 90 or over at The Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, Dorset, has risen from 24 per cent to 54 per cent in ten years. Annie Sinnott, directorof the home which has operated for more than 21 years, said the high percentage of over 90-year-olds at The Old Vicarage was confirmation that the UK has an ageing population. “Ten years ago we had eight residents aged 90 or over and now we have 18,” said Mrs Sinnott. “We’d like to be able to claim that it is all due to good care, good food, and Dorset fresh air, but there us no doubt that this is a demographic trend.” The Office for National Statistics reports that the proportion of people aged 85 and over has increased from seven per cent in the mid-1971 to 12 per cent in mid-2004. In recent years, the increase in life expectancy among older adults has been dramatic, particularly for men. The Old Vicarage is also celebrating being crowned the South West’s best small sized employer for practical learning. The care home was awarded £2,500 a

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