Third of care homes ‘poor’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Singers On Tour -

Kent is one of the worst per­form­ing ar­eas in the UK for care home qual­ity.

In to­tal, 35.2% of fa­cil­i­ties here are poor — mean­ing the CQC has given them rat­ings of re­quir­ing im­prove­ment or in­ad­e­quate at their lat­est in­spec­tions.

But in Med­way just 20.8% of homes are in the same cat­e­gory. The South East as a whole is one of the worst re­gions, with a score of 28.2%.

That com­pares to neigh­bour­ing Lon­don’s 20.3%, while the north west is the worst per­form­ing re­gion with 33.6%. The find­ings, pub­lished by char­ity In­de­pen­dent Age, re­veal a stark vari­a­tion in the qual­ity of care across the coun­try.

Si­mon Bot­tery, direc­tor of pol­icy at In­de­pen­dent Age, said: “No one should be forced to live in an un­sat­is­fac­tory care home, but our anal­y­sis shows this is the grim re­al­ity in some parts of the coun­try.

The char­ity be­lieves fac­tors such as low lo­cal author­ity fund­ing, low pay and dif­fi­culty re­cruit­ing staff, and the lack of a good sup­port mech­a­nism for im­prov­ing care homes are to blame for the re­sults.

The care home mar­ket is now val­ued at nearly £16 bil­lion but so­cial care is fac­ing a £2.6 bil­lion fund­ing gap by 2019/20.

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