1 in 5 homes closed in Norfolk

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

An investigation in Norfolk has shown that almost 20 per cent of nursing homes in the county have closed within the last four years. The investigation, reported in local media in the county, shows that at least 20 of the 91 care homes in Norfolk have closed. Reacting to the figures the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) warned this figure could rise further with increasing National Insurance and minimum wage payments. Chairman of the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire branch of the RNHA, Tim Leadbeater, said the study demonstrated that many care homes were “absolutely on the brink of disaster”. “In many cases the owners are filling the gaps out of their own pocket,” Mr Leadbeater said. “Nobody would rationally go into this sector at the moment. If someone chooses to shut a care home, proper plans are put in place to transfer the patients elsewhere, but many care homes are running up huge overdrafts and it is not the proprietor who closes them down, it is the bank manager. “Care homes are in a way like the cor

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