Our latest research has found that as many as 48% of people we asked who had arranged care couldn’t fund a bed in at least one of the care homes they looked at.
The lack of good local care places means that many people are staying in, or moving loved ones into, care homes they aren’t satisfied with, our research found. Almost one in five people (17%) told us they had settled for a care home that they had reservations about. A similar number (16%) opted for a home away from friends and family. When they did find a bed, 25% of care arrangers said they were left feeling guilty or annoyed that they couldn’t find a more suitable care home.
Our managing director of public markets, Alex Hayman, said:
‘Making the decision to move a loved one into a care home is difficult enough, so it is unacceptable that so many families are left feeling guilty or concerned about the choices they have made, simply because there is no choice. The Competition and Markets Authority must look at the huge local disparities in care home provision, which are fast reaching crisis point.’
Our Care Needs Care Now campaign is calling for the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry into the care home market to go beyond the immediate issues around quality, fees and complaints.
The Competition and Markets Authority must look at the huge local disparities in care home provision, which is fast reaching crisis point across the country.
The response we’ve had to our campaign has been overwhelming, with over 75,000 people backing our petition. We need the regulator to listen to these stories and recognise that the national picture masks huge differences in the number of care home places available at a local level.
We want the CMA’s care inquiry to make strong recommendations that the government addresses this systemic issue of inadequate provision in its upcoming Green Paper.