Response to Rowntree

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

Responding to the Rowntree report predicting an exponential increase in the numbers of elderly people requiring long term care, and to Laing & Buisson1s report of continuing care home closures (see page 30), BUPA Care Services managing director Mark Ellerby has said that the loss of a further 10,000 care home beds is bad news for Britain1s older people but the lack of investment in new care homes, with only 76 new care homes registered, spells worse for the future. “With occupancy levels already at 92 per cent, there will not be sufficient care home places to care for Britain’s burgeoning older population unless providers such as ourselves are encouraged to invest in the sector,” Mr Ellerby said. “The Joseph Rowntree Foundation figures showing that Britain can expect up to a fourfold increase in spending on care for elderly people only reinforces the point that we must build for the future today. We cannot afford to adopt an ostrich approach and put it off any longer.” “The Government needs to pay a realistic

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