Grants welcomed but some councils criticised for restricting applications

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

Government grants totalling nearly £68 million, being distributed to around 7,000 care homes to fund a range of minor improvements to their facilities, have been welcomed by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). The extra money would enable many care homes to give their residents more privacy, said the RNHA, and to make changes that would create a more pleasant indoor or outdoor environment. However, the association expressed concern about the way in which some local councils had handled the grant application process. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said that, in deciding which homes should receive money, some councils had applied such strict criteria that they had excluded the vast majority of local care homes from applying or standing any chance of success. “For example, we have had reports that one local authority in the south west of England accepted applications only from care homes which look after people with a mental impairment,” said Mr Ursell. “This meant that the resources were n

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