Which? report highlights shrinking capacity

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

An investigation by Which? magazine suggests privately-operated care homes across the UK are at full capacity, and that further closures are likely to worsen the problem. Which? contacted 70 care homes at random – 10 each in seven parts of Britain, and in two of the seven areas – Brighton and Bristol – just one home had a vacancy. Two homes in Glasgow and the Peak District said they had beds and only three out of 10 homes in Coventry, Liverpool and Newcastle were not full. At one home that was full, staff said the waiting list for a room could be up to three years. Of the 55 homes that were full, staff at two homes said they could offer a space if the resident was prepared to share a room. “Several homes were not taking new residents because they were either closing down or changing ownership,” the Which? report said, adding that National Minimum Standards for care homes had placed a greater pressure on owners by compelling them to equip homes with lifts or increase door widths. Which? editor Helen Parker sai

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