New data indicates there may be no care home crisis
Earlier this week, LaingBuisson published its market leading Care Homes for Older People UK market report. The report has attracted much media attention, especially relating to new data gathered by LaingBuisson showing that care home occupancy rates are not as high as previously thought. This data suggests that occupancy is currently 85% rather than around 90%. The underlying reasons for registered beds being left empty include staff shortages and other additional costs of opening extra beds.
There was coverage also in The Daily Mail, which picked up on the differential in the fees paid by self-payers and fees paid by Councils.