CareAware predicts hike in fees

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

The need for care is expected to grow at a significant rate with estimates suggesting a 25 per cent increase or 130,000 more beds being required within the next 15 years. At the same time, the number of available care places is falling with around 100,000 beds lost since 1996. In its autumn/winter newsletter, the advice charity CareAware said a critical point would come when the rising demand exceeded the declining provision – a situation which could be expected in the not-too-distant future. CareAware chief executive Robert Elliot said the latest Laing and Buisson annual survey for the year to April 2005 confirmed that about 8,700 care beds were lost across all sectors last year and overall occupancy levels firmed slightly to 92 per cent as local authorities continued to restrict placements. “The simple law of supply and demand will take over and the only certainty is that care fees will increase significantly as the bed shortage develops,” said Mr Elliott. “We are already seeing the first signs of this in c

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