A new report warns that care home closures have risen by almost 40 per cent in a year amid a growing crisis in social care.
The audit by the Association of Directors of Social Services reveals thousands of elderly residents, have experienced recent closures threatening the health of the elderly.
Figures show 148 care homes closed during the last year. 58 councils have seen residential and nursing homes go out of business within a six-month period, forcing the elderly and vulnerable into new accommodation
Why are care homes closing at an alarming rate?
According to UKHCA chair Mike Padgham, a respected figure in the health and care industry, quoted funding as the main issue…
“We have been warning for years that the £6billion cut from social care would eventually mean more and more care homes closing.
“For every home closure there are older and vulnerable people either forced to find somewhere else to live or unable to have a place.
“About 1.2 million people are now going without the care they need and unless action is taken this will very soon be us. We now face a further £2.3billion funding shortfall and that is going to mean more and more people not getting care.
Other factors are also involved. With an ageing population, the average care cost per person is rising. An increase in the National Living Wage together with the demand for care staff outstripping supply – care homes are relying increasingly on expensive agency care staff.
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