Residential beds down by 13,000

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

UK care capacity in residential settings for elderly and physically disabled client groups shrank by some 13,100 places in calendar year 2001 according to figures released by Laing & Buisson and published in Laing & Buisson¹s annual market update: Care of Elderly People Market Survey 2002. A net 9,600 places were lost in independent sector care homes (compared with 7,200 in the previous year). A further 2,300 places were lost in local authority run residential homes plus an estimated 1,200 continuing care places in NHS hospitals. The impact of capacity loss, however, has been mitigated by a decline in the volume of demand, at a rate similar to the shrinkage of capacity, as local authorities have sought to minimise their placements and as the old cohort of residents with preserved rights to income support has continued to dwindle. Between November 2000 and November 2001 (the latest available data) care home residents funded by either local authorities or income support dropped in aggregate by some 8,000. The

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