Families must pay cost of looking after elderly, says expert
sudden unplanned move from a care home can increase the mortality rate. But there are examples of it being done well to avoid the worst damage, particularly to people with dementia.”
She said that while the public perception might be that the care home business was highly profitable, in fact it is extremely risky, with providers having to meet rising costs, yet having limited input into how much they receive from local authorities.
“So many aspects are beyond your control. All you have to do is look at the number of care homes closing across the UK,” she said.
“Governments can’t continue to increase what they pay, so families will need to be more responsible for the cost of care and plan for what they are going to do if they get poorly.”
Age Scotland has also warned the closures could
Professor June Andrews warned a sudden move from a care home can raise the risk of death among elderly patients.
have serious consequences for vulnerable residents. The charity is calling for a
compulsory risk register for care homes to anticipate and mitigate similar closures in future.
Charity director Keith Robson said: “It’s urgent that providers and commissioners work
together to set up the most effective contingency planning process.
“They also need to
ensure that early action can be taken to prevent closure or ensure a smooth transition.”