Isle of Wight report highlights crisis in private care sector

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

Social services chiefs have lifted the lid on the scale of the crisis gripping the long term care sector on the Isle of Wight. Care home owners on the island have flagged up a raft of difficulties in recent years but a new I of W Council report into the situation now bares stark testament to those concerns. The report by social services and housing director Charles Waddicor says 15 residential homes are in difficulty, along with one nursing home. Eight homes are up for sale, seven are unable to find a buyer with the closure of three others a possibility. Mr Waddicor’s report says that one nursing home is due to close in October while, since April last year, seven small homes and nine large nursing homes have also shut. The current hardships are blamed on financial problems, lack of referrals and the impact of the standards required by the new Care Standards Bill. The report, presented to the I of W Council’s executive committee in late June, charts the growth of the industry on the island and then outlines it

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