Research confirms long term care sector’s funding needs

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

The UK1s biggest independent social research and development charity, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is the latest in a growing list of respected institutions, to confirm what care providers have long been saying – that long term care is underfunded. Britain1s care home sector for older people who need nursing or residential care is underfunded by more than £1 billion a year, according to a study by economist William Laing, of health and community care analysts Laing & Buisson, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The study concludes that the fees councils are currently prepared to pay are between £75 and £85 a week below the reasonable costs of running an efficient and good-quality care home. Nearly 250,000 older people live in nursing or residential care and receive State support, pointing to an annual funding shortfall of £1,044 million a year. The report – which includes a “toolkit” which local authorities can use to calculate a fair price for publicly-funded places in privately-run homes

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