West Sussex seeks private care partners

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

West Sussex County Council has assembled a package of measures to secure the availability of care home places for older people. Key features are: – The transfer of some of the 19 care homes owned by the Council to the private sector; – Entering into block contracts with selected high quality care home providers for older people with mental health problems and homes providing nursing care. – A revision of rates paid by the County Council for independent residential and care for older people, so ensuring rooms are available when needed. West Sussex County Council cabinet member for social and caring services Mark Dunn said three high quality private sector care providers had been shortlisted and would be invited to submit their tenders shortly. “Following the introduction of the National Minimum Care Standards, a number of smaller private care homes have been forced to close because they cannot afford to meet the standards,” Cllr Dunn said. “Offering block short-term contracts will not only help secure future p

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