Bolton providers say more homes will close

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

A recent fee settlement in the North West is being cited as an example of how independent care homes are having to settle for levels of fees that are economically unsustainable. The settlement in the Bolton area, from April, gives increases of £301 to £326 for single rooms and from £293 to £301 for double rooms. In October single rooms will go to £330. The figures for single rooms include the £5 for a care home holding the Investors in People award and the £5 for a room being ensuite. “A number of the smaller homes simply will not survive,” Ms Collins told Caring Times in an interview. “Two small care homes closed recently in addition to one of the larger ones. We certainly cannot carry on as we are at the moment. “We explain to the council that the fees are uneconomic but they say ‘we haven’t got any more – that’s all we have’. “The problem is that our money is not ring fenced. We don’t know where else it1s going. They’re talking about more people going into care in the community, so perhaps a lot of

Comments are closed.

Latest blog posts

Time for a ten dollar answer

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to...

Lacking capacity

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

A friend of mine diagnosed with cancer – now, happily, treated – was asked how he could possibly have missed the...

Care homes – understated examples of tasteful design

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Dozens of recently-built care homes are material proof that it is perfectly possible to design aesthetically pleasing buildings and put...