Owner: elderly people may have to be cared for abroad

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

A care home owner in Bournemouth believes up to half of long term capacity has been lost over the last decade and has warned that the shortage could lead to elderly people being “exported” to countries such as South Africa and India, where staffing costs are lower. John Glazer, owner of the 24-bed Richmondwood care home and committee member of the Dorset Care Association, said that, of the care homes which remained operating in Bournemouth, less than a third were prepared to take publicly funded residents. “The places aren¹t here,” Mr Glazer told the Bournemouth Echo in October. “Homes have closed down, standards have gone up, bureaucracy has gone up and the job of looking after elderly people has become more difficult. If residential homes close, how will we look after elderly people? “The problem with caring for people in their own homes is that, because of low employment, it¹s very difficult to find sufficient labour to do the job. “In many parts of the country there¹s no possibility of getting staff to

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