A time to take stock ­ and to take action

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

By Richard Hawkins The present political and economic climate may have prompted many of us to re-examine our personal and professional lives. For those of us in the care home sector, it has been a hard last few years dogged by low fees, difficulty recruiting and increasing regulation. Is it worth all the hassle, we may wonder, or are there easier ways of making a living? For those with homes which cannot meet the forthcoming Care Standards, the decision is easy, particularly now that alternative usage values are often attractive. The key for them is to grasp the nettle now, before time runs out. If homes would meet the standards only at considerable expense, the decision is much more difficult. Employing a consultant for whom assessing the risks/benefits is second nature is often money well spent in the long term. For those with homes which meet the standards, the future is good. Opportunities for raising occupancy and increasing fees will become more and more apparent. There are already many owners/manager

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