Stark regional variation in Care Home Quality revealed

Care Home quality varies starkly across UK

A report from the charity Independent Age has highlighted wide variations in services across the country.

Independent Age director of policy Simon Bottery said ‘councils must demonstrate that they understand the reasons for care home failures and are working to resolve them’.

The report revealed something of a North South divide, Stockport had the highest proportion with 62% of care homes rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Whereas in southern parts of the country Islington, the Isles of Scilly, and Rutland – had no poorly performing care homes in their areas, while Richmond upon Thames, and Thurrock Council had 2.3% and 2.9% respectively.

Government and local authorities not taking crisis seriously enough

Simon Bottery, the director of policy for Independent Age said their research showed that central government and local authorities were not giving the problem of poor or inadequate care homes seriously and were not giving this ‘the attention it desrves’.

A perfect storm of pressures on care home providers

Margaret Willcox, president elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said that although local councils should take the findings ‘very seriously’ in the end it was ‘the way in which services are run by providers that is the most critical factor in ensuring a high quality of care’.

She said ‘Reductions in funding, increased demand by people living longer and with more complex needs, and the cost of the national living wage, while welcome, are putting significant pressures on councils and providers who are finding it hard to recruit and retain staff, especially in home care in those areas of high employment.’

This article draws substantially upon an article published in Nursing Times