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Home deaths back to pre-Covid levels

Care home deaths are back to pre-pandemic levels, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS data shows there were 127,171 deaths in care homes in England last year, a decrease of 18.2 per cent (28,205 deaths) compared with 2020. Then figures reached 155,376 deaths.

While care home owners are pleased wih the improvement in figures, some place the lower numbers on the large number of Covid deaths during the pandemic.

Researchers also found that the leading cause of death among male and female care home residents remained dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, this was followed by Covid for both men and women.

In Wales, there were 6,612 deaths of care home residents registered in 2021; this is a decrease of 19.7 per cent (1,624 deaths) compared with 2020.

The ONS has cautioned that several factors may have contributed to lower total deaths in 2021 compared with 2020. These include changes in care home occupancy, availability of vaccinations and availability of personal protective equipment.

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