Our latest research has found that over half care beds are rated as requiring improvement or inadequate.
Our analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data shows that in six local authority areas, good quality care home places are so limited that 50% or more of local beds are in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, making it less likely that people looking to move into a care home will be able to find a good place near where they live.
In the London borough of Westminster, seven in 10 (69%) beds were found in care homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate. In Manchester and Wakefield, three in five beds (58%) are in care homes that are rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, closely followed by Kirklees (57%), Portsmouth (56%) and Tameside (55%).
Overall, nearly a third of local authority areas have one in three beds or more in poor-quality care homes. Nine of these are in the capital and include Tower Hamlets (48%), Islington (47%), Kensington and Chelsea (46%), Newham (41%), Haringey (41%), Barnet (40%), Ealing (35%) and Harrow (33%).
Our Managing director of Public Markets, Alex Hayman, said:
‘Having to choose a poor care home isn’t really making a choice at all, and it’s disturbing to know that so many people across the country are already in care homes that are clearly not good enough.
‘The Government must use its Green Paper to tackle the very real issues in care, including quality, provision and choice, before the situation gets much worse.’