Funding crisis threatens care homes in Scottish Borders


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

Care home owners in the Scottish Borders say elderly people are being denied access to services because of a community care funding crisis. Some proprietors have said they are seeking an independent value-for-money investigation by Scottish executive ministers. It was reported in the The Scotsman in March that the Borders social work department has been operating a virtual freeze on placements in the private nursing home sector since last September, and now up to 30% of beds in the region’s nine private nursing establishments are unfilled. At the same time elderly patients waiting for places are “parked” in hospitals at a cost of £1,000 per week, compared to the £355 which private operators can charge for council referred cases. According to Jim Dey, proprietor of the 45-bed Riverside nursing home at Selkirk, the council has deliberately ring-fenced community care money to ensure its own care homes are adequately funded. The council is reported to have admitted the number of elderly people awaiting nursing





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