General Article Care homes

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Care homes are undervalued and struggling. Older people face uncertainty about how they will be cared for, and who will pay for it.

What we want

We believe that there is a mismatch of affordable, quality care home places available to meet the need and that older people’s choice is being eroded.  The problems are as follows:

  • Erosion of choice – Older people are being steered away from care homes as they are viewed as a care option of ‘last resort’ rather than a positive choice.
  • Unfair – The UK Government wants older people to be cared for in their own homes, but inadequate funding for social care is failing to give them the companionship and security they need. With ever competing priorities, older people always come last in the funding queue.
  • Erratic quality care – Care homes struggle to provide good quality care: a dwindling workforce, increasing costs and a poor image all mean that successful care homes should be championed.

Erosion of choice

Although most people prefer...

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