Gloucester owners warn of likely shortfall in beds

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

A new report says that a shortage of nursing home beds could become critical as nursing homes are forced out of business by the new legislation contained in the Care Standards Act. A report by the Gloucestershire Care Forum (GCF) says the fact that care home upgrades being made obligatory by the Act means that homes are closing, creating a potential shortfall in bed numbers. Care home owners are also being encouraged to turn homes into flats because of high property prices, the report says. GCF chairman Sally Roberts said there was no incentive for owners to buy new homes and upgrade old ones because, at the moment, it was just not viable for them to carry out the work. “There are simply no beds available in care homes so the potential danger is that people will need to remain in a hospital bed for longer,” Mrs Roberts said. “We have not reached that situation yet , but we are getting very close to demand balancing supply, so if we see any more homes closing in the next year or so then we may well have a prob

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