The areas where HALF of care beds are in failing homes: Six authorities have more than 50% in residences rated inadequate or needing improvement
- Care homes are inadequate in London, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire
- In London borough of Westminster 69 per cent of beds are in failing care homes
- Consumer group Which? warned that the situation in care homes could worsen
- Almost nine in ten council areas across UK predicted a shortfall in care by 2022
More?than half of elderly care places in parts of England are in failing care homes, an investigation has found.
In six areas, more than 50 per cent of the beds available are in homes rated as inadequate or needing improvement.
In 45 local authority areas – a third of the total – at least one in three beds is in a poor-quality care home.
In six areas across England, more than 50 per cent of the beds available are in elderly care homes rated as inadequate or needing improvement (file photo)
The problem is particularly acute in central London, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
It is worst in the London borough of Westminster, where 69 per cent of beds are in substandard homes.
The analysis, by the consumer group Which?, highlights the postcode lottery in the provision of quality local care across the country.
The campaign group warned that the situation could worsen as demand starts to outstrip supply in an increasing number of local areas.
Earlier Which? research found that almost nine in ten council areas across England predicted a shortfall in care home places by 2022.
The survey – described as 'disturbing' by Which? – underlines the extent of the crisis facing England's broken care system.
Despite the huge care costs that relatives are forced to pay out – often forcing them to sell the family home – many receive substandard care.
The Mail told this year how the Care Quality Commission watchdog intervened over poor standards in care firms four times a day – up by almost 70 per cent in a year.
People who go into a care home have to use their assets, including the value of their home, to pay the full costs of their care until they are down to their last ￡23,500.?
Two years ago David Cameron pledged to bring in a ￡75,000 cap on total care costs, but this has now been shelved until after 2020.
In 45 local authority areas – a third of the total – at least one in three beds is in a poor-quality care home (file photo)
Ministers are under pressure to provide extra money to save the care system from collapse – but there was none in last week's Budget.
Alex Hayman, from Which?, said: 'Having to choose a poor care home isn't really making a choice at all.
'It's disturbing to know that so many people across the country are already in care homes that are clearly not good enough.'
Caroline Abrahams, from Age UK, said: 'It is completely unacceptable that many older people with significant health and care needs have no real choice but to live in poor or inadequate care homes because that's all that's available in their area.
'Older people and their families who find themselves in this position are entitled to feel outraged and very badly let down.
'What's worse, we fear this situation is more likely to get worse than better because the funding gap facing social care is already big and projected to keep on growing.'
Which? came up with the figures by looking at Care Quality Commission data. In only a small number of areas are at least nine in ten care home beds in homes rated as good or outstanding.
These include the Isles of Scilly (100 per cent) Richmond upon Thames (94 per cent), Rutland (91 per cent) and Blackburn with Darwen (90 per cent).
Barbara Keeley, Labour's social care spokesman, said: 'These figures reflect the unbearable pressures on the care sector, which follow Tory cuts to council budgets since 2010.'
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