With new development regularly featured in the social care media, there is a general assumption that the national care home estate is growing at a sufficient rate to meet elderly care needs in forthcoming years. But is it?
Growth in the level of England’s elderly population is significant and well documented. Coupled with an ever increasing awareness surrounding dementia, it would be a reasonable expectation that the development of new care home facilities incorporating state of the art environment and quality care would be significant.
Unfortunately, HPC research indicates otherwise with the number of beds in newly registered homes all but mirroring the number simultaneously falling out of the market. Indeed several regions are showing a net bed reduction.