Kreft: rural elderly will suffer most from cull in care beds

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

Former chairman of Care Forum Wales Mario Kreft was pessimistic about the effect of the proposed national required standards when he spoke to an inspectors’ conference held recently in London. Mr Kreft said that unless there was flexibility on the matter of room sizes, many homes would lose beds and that this would make most of these homes unviable. “We are not talking about about homes operated by operators whose sole motive is profit,” Mr Kreft said. “Many of these homes are providing such a high quality of care that any profit that is realised comes from the last few beds in a near full occupancy situation. “There are thousands of homes that will be under threat when the standards are applied and I suspect that the Government has decided that some sort of a cull is necessary.” Mr Kreft said smaller homes in rural areas would be the hardest hit and said elderly people were already being relocated from areas in mid-Wales. “Think of how these standards may affect rural communities,” he said. “There’s no point

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