Best care homes have highest proportion of self-funders, research finds

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New analysis by the ONS has found a strong correlation between self-funding and the quality of care.

The research shows that just under half of residents in Outstanding care homes were self-funding (47.1%) compared with 31.2% in those homes rated Inadequate.

The analysis, which covers the period August 2019 to February 2020, found that 84.7% (391,927 of 462,460) of care home beds were occupied in England.

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Approximately 36.7% (143,774) were self-funded care home residents, compared with 63.3% (248,153) state-funded care home residents.

The highest percentage of self-funders (45.4%) was in the South East. The lowest, (24.6%) was in the North East.

Care homes located in the most deprived areas had significantly lower self-funders: 21.6%, compared with 53.8% in least deprived areas of England.

Smaller care homes, with 1 to 19 beds, had the lowest percentage of self-funders (15.1%) compared with all other care home sizes.

Care homes providing care for older people (those aged 65+) had the highest percentage of self-funders at 49.6%. This compares with 4.8% of self-funders in care homes providing care for younger adults.

Commenting on the findings, Pete Davies, GMB Senior Organiser, said: “The under-funding and exploitation of our care system has weighed heavy on those who find themselves having to pay for their own care.

“Many people are paying far above the rate that a local authority would pay for the same service.

Ultimately, they are paying over the odds and often being plunged into debt to prop up a broken system – one that relies on gross injustice to generate bloated profits for shadowy private companies.

“Often care is commissioned by the minute, which means care workers don’t even get an hourly minimum wage – this further highlights why the care sector needs fixing now.

“Care workers can’t survive on empty promises by a Government that is turning away from the elderly and most vulnerable in our communities whilst refusing to recognise the highly skilled workforce.”

A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We want to deliver world-leading social care across the country and investing an additional £5.4 billion funding over the next three years will allow us to begin a comprehensive programme of reforms for adult social care.

“The vast majority of social care settings provide high quality care and support, with 85% rated Good or Outstanding by the CQC, and we are committed to improving the quality of care and reducing variation in practice, working with care users, providers, and other partners to develop our plans on social care reform.”



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