One in five Scottish homes closed in a decade

One in five Scottish care homes have closed in a decade, new data from Scotland has revealed.

The annual Scottish care home census reveals that between 2007-17, 309 adult care homes closed, leaving the total in operation at 1,142.

As a result, there are just over 1,700 fewer places available – a 4 per cent reduction – bringing the total number of places to 40,926.

During the decade to 31 March 2017 private sector homes have proved the most resilient seeing only 35 closures during this period and increasing resident numbers  by 6 per cent (24,661 in 2007 compared to 26,053 in 2017).By contrast, the number of residents in older people’s care homes run by the local authority/NHS decreased by 24 per cent.

The data also shows a 54 per cent increase in the percentage of long stay residents living with dementia.  Over the past 12 months, 44 per cent  of long stay residents were admitted to a care home for older people from hospital, 34 per cent from their own home and 15 per cent from another care home. During the financial year 2016-17, the median complete length of stay was 1.5 years for residents in care homes for older people.

As of 31 March 2017, the average weekly fee for publicly funded residents was £637 per week with nursing care, and £548 per week without nursing care. The average weekly fee for self-funded residents was £870 per week with nursing care, and £798 per week without nursing care.

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