Res­i­dents told: Your homes are too big and high qual­ity

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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.

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