Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft says there’s an urgent need to build more new care homes in Wales to cater
for the boom in the over 85 population.
Mr Kreft says, however, that the number of care homes is declining instead of going up. He voiced the warning after a new report, A Place to Call Home: Impact & Analysis, by Older People’s Commissioner Sarah Rochira highlighted the lack of care home capacity in Wales. It follows on from a recent Parliamentary Review which contained a similar concern.
In her report, Ms Rochira said the Welsh Government had failed to take the action it promised in a number of key areas to drive up the quality of life of older people living in care homes. Mr Kreft said care homes were closing right across Wales because it is not financially viable to keep … Read More »
Caring Times, December 2017
New research by Which? has found that almost half of people (48%) who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one said there weren’t any places in at least one of the local care homes they considered.
The Which? survey asked people who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one in the past 12 months to share their experiences of the care sector and highlights a worrying trend of people not being able to find suitable local care provision.
The research found that a lack of good local places means many people are staying in, or moving loved ones into, care homes they aren’t satisfied with, with almost one in five people (17%) saying they settled for a care home they had reservations about.
A similar number (16%) ended up opting for a home away from friends and family.
Commenting on the Which? research, Alzheimer’s Society Senior Policy Officer Dominic Carter said: “These … Read More »
Care home operator Eldercare (Halifax) Ltd has gone into administration, and its eight care homes are up for sale.
Located across West Yorkshire and Lancashire,the care homes provide care to 215 residents. Joint administrators Toby Underwood and Lyn Vardy, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said anyone interested in buying the care homes can contact the administrators.
The care homes will continue to operate, while buyers are sought. Administrator Lyn Vardy said the administrators would work closely with local authorities and the Care Quality Commission to ensure all services continued as normal and that quality of care and resident welfare was maintained.
“Our plan is to continue trading the homes while buyers are sought for the homes.
“The administrators are working with both on-site and head office staff to ensure care, facilities and services continue to be provided as normal and that there is minimal disruption for residents, … Read More »
Research by Which? has found that almost half of people (48%) who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one said there weren’t any places in at least one of the local care homes they considered.
The Which? survey asked people who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one in the past 12 months to share their experiences of the care sector and found that a lack of good local places meant many people were staying in, or moving loved ones into, care homes they weren’t satisfied with, with almost one in five people (17%) saying they settled for a care home they had reservations about.
A similar number (16%) ended up opting for a home away from friends and family. Commenting on the Which? research, Alzheimer’s Society senior policy officer Dominic Carter said the findings echoed what the … Read More »
An analysis of care needs in 2011 compared to 1991, published in The Lancet, suggests that the ageing population combined with greater levels of dependency means that, at current levels of provision, there will be a shortfall of more than71,000 care home places by 2025.
The study compares levels of dependency in adults aged 65 years and over in England in 1991 and 2011 – 15000 adults in total, who were classed as high dependency if they required 24-hour care, medium dependency if they required care at regular times each day, low dependency if they required care less than daily, or independent.
Professor Carol Jagger, lead author from Newcastle University, said the past 20 years had seen continued gains in life expectancy, but not all of these years were healthy years.
“Our study suggests that older people today are spending more of their … Read More »
Sector analysts LaingBuisson say their research supports the findings of a BBC Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ report about care home bed shortfalls, which
shows that up to 3,000 elderly people will be unable to find a care home place by the end of 2018, and that the shortage of beds could rise to 70,000 beds by 2026.
LaingBuisson’s research has found that about 2,000 beds a year are lost in the elderly care home market, and that this fall in availability is concentrated in non-affluent parts of the country where there is a greater reliance on state payments.
William Laing, founder of LaingBuisson, and author of its flagship Care of Older People report, responded to the BBC report, saying ‘You and Yours’ had once again found a worrying downward trend in care capacity, largely because council paid fees (and central government funding … Read More »
A social care leader has called for urgent action to deal with the triple pressures which he says are battering care homes and domiciliary care companies in Wales.
Care Forum Wales chair Mario Kreft has called on the Welsh Government to act after new figures showed a steep rise in the number of people aged 85 or over. According to Public Health Wales, the figure will reach 184,000 by 2036 which represents a 145% increase since 2011.
At the same time, says Mr Kreft, the sector is also being hit by chronic underfunding and the prospect of having to give staff a 30% pay increase without knowing where the money is coming from. The introduction of the living wage would also have a knock on effect because remuneration at every level would have to be increased accordingly to maintain … Read More »
A Bristol care home owner has decided to close her home because of what she describes as ‘ridiculous bureaucracy’ and no support.
Reporting in the Bristol Post in early August, reporter Tristan Cork said Elizabeth Laycock, who has owned and managed the 10-bed Bradley House for the past 20 years, is to close the home in September.
Ms Laycock told the Bristol Post she had decided to sell up earlier this year, having become tired of having to fulfill the needs of the rules laid down by the Care Quality Commission.
The home has been inspected five times in the last three years, and each time is praised for the way it looks after its residents, how happy they are and how well the staff are treated. But the home has been marked down for what Ms Laycock says are “silly little things”.
At … Read More »
A good practice guide has been published to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has worked in partnership with NHS England (NHSE), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) to agree the guide – Managing care home closures – which sets out how local and national organisations should work together in order to co-ordinate action, avoid duplication and prevent confusion for people using services, their families and carers, care home providers and their managers and staff.
The guide was developed following an event co-hosted by CQC and NHSE earlier this year to explore how unplanned care home closures are managed, learning … Read More »
A report commissioned by BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme suggests more than a quarter of care homes in the UK are in danger of going out of business within three years.
The report, compiled by business risk analysts Opus Business Services, said about 5,000 homes were at risk of closure because they carried too much debt and did not make enough profit to cover loan repayments
Opus business risk adviser Nick Hood said that, on average, care homes made £17,647 in profit before tax and that individual care homes were borrowing about 61% of the value of the business on average – a figure that amounted to £4bn across the industry. He said there were 20,000 care homes in the UK, operated by 5,871 individual owners who made, on average, about £60,000 annual profit as operators.
“It leaves a very small … Read More »