16 per cent of Welsh care homes at risk

Some 16 per cent of care homes in Wales are expected to close within five years, Welsh Conservative shadow minister for social care Janet Finch Saunders AM has warned.

Speaking in the Welsh Assembly recently, she said that care homes in Wales were doing “excellent work” but that lack of dialogue between care homes, NHS Health Boards and Local Authorities were failing residents.

Around 30 homes have closed in Wales in less than three years putting the care of more than 15,000 current residents at risk.

Finch Saunders said that to support care homes, the following improvements were needed:

  • Community Care Information system, with the digitalisation of patients records extended to care homes
  • Nursing training placements into care homes, enabling a greater understanding of the different roles within the sector
  • Greater use of care home staff, after training, to undertake regular checks of clients including blood pressure and temperature readings to reduce the pressure on local NHS facilities.

Commenting, the AM, said: “Health boards are allowed to organise walk in clinics in a non NHS setting, and know that some homes are keen to open up to the local community where they can, such as by holding intravenous therapy clinics.

“When visiting care homes I have seen the passion staff have for looking after their patients.”

In Wales the average age that someone moves into a care home is nearly 83 years, with an average stay of around two and half years.
 

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