Times are still tough for long term care providers

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

Twenty-three homes belonging to Highfield Group Ltd recently went into administration. James Hall examines the history of these homes in the context of rising costs , inadequate funding and uncertainty about future regulation. These are difficult times for the long term care sector, and the much-publicised problems being experienced by the Highfield Group may be seen as symptomatic of this. The difficulties are being brought about, as much as anything, by structural changes in the funding of placements. These are not a response to legislation, but a further attempt by local government to control costs. In effect, the social services departments (SSDs) are seeking to obtain services for less, year on year in real terms. Bed blocking continues and home owner after home owner will be able to relate sometimes horrific accounts of the condition in which patients are transferred after a stay in hospital. The situation in the Dudley borough is typical, with no dedicated facilities for the elderly and high numbers

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