BUPA census shows focus on homecare is misplaced

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

A census of more than 15,000 care home residents has highlighted the high dependency needs of those residents. The census, published in the November issue of leading journal Age & Ageing, suggests the Government¹s focus on providing care at home or in specialised housing may fail to meet older people¹s care needs. Carried out across 246 BUPA care homes, the census is the first of its kind undertaken in a decade. The figures show that more than three-quarters of residents (76 per cent) required assistance with mobility or were immobile, 78 per cent had at least one form of mental impairment and 71 per cent were incontinent. It also found that more than half had dementia, stroke or another neuro-degenerative disease and over a quarter (27 per cent) were immobile, confused and incontinent. Dr Clive Bowman, principal author of the report and medical director of BUPA¹s Care Services, said the findings could be viewed as being representative of the dependency needs of care home residents across the UK, and shoul

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