Residents told: Your homes are too big and high quality
ELDERLY residents at care homes slated for closure by Bield Housing and Care have been told they have too much room and their services are too high quality.
These are among a list of reasons given by the charity for its decision to exit the care home market.
Others cited by senior managers include the cost of complying with regulations, funding shortfalls from councils and the need for more staff to cope with residents who are more frail or have other medical needs.
In a letter to residents telling them their homes will close, Bield said the changes were necessary to secure its long-term future, as its homes have been loss-making “for a number of years”.
A factsheet accompanying the letter says one reason is that the
Lochar Lodge care home faces closure.
homes, built to allow people to live independently, are too large: “These flats have approximately double the space standards required by care home regulation and have their own front door and kitchen area,” the statement says.
“Unfortunately the larger space is good for our service users, but reduces our ability to increase our income.”
Bield has concluded, it told residents: “Older people who require more support to meet their needs may be best cared for by other care home providers.”
Explaining its decision to quit the care home market, Bield Housing and Care said it had a five-year plan to 2022, with the 12 homes closing by the end of March 2018. Following that, the charity said it would develop a menu of “tailored services, with greater choice and flexibility for customers”, including a new Bield@home home care service.