Providers must rationalise their property portfolios

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

Higher quality standards demanded of providers of residential care facilities, together with fundamental changes to the structure of long term care provision, are set to pose a major challenge to local authorities, the health service and private sector suppliers alike. The warning comes from Chris Gardner, recently-appointed senior surveyor in the healthcare services team at property assets consultancy Bruton Knowles (BK). “Against a backdrop of static fees and rising staffing and investment requirements, care homes are being challenged to provide larger bedrooms and lounge areas, en-suite facilities and other physical accommodation improvements for their clients,” Mr Gardner said. “Homes will need to maximise their existing ‘paying services’ and adapt for new opportunities, such as rehabilitative care projects which are transferring from hospitals to the community.” Mr Gardner said BK was focusing on consultancy services to new NHS developments, for example, in primary care, local authorities contemplating t

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