Councils found to be flouting rules on care home top-up fees

New rules on top-up fees for care homes are being ignored by councils across the country, meaning families of the poorest pensioners could be subsidising the cost of essential care unnecessarily, a charity claims. Elderly people who have assets of … Continue reading

NHS launches TripAdvisor-style website for care homes

A website that allows families to compare information about care homes, and post their own TripAdvisor-style reviews, has been launched by the government in an attempt to drive up standards in the sector. The site, which covers every care home … Continue reading

Fears for future of care homes after Autumn Statement

Care homes across Britain will be forced to close, the industry has warned, after the chancellor failed to deliver a substantial increase in funding in this year’s Autumn Statement. The chancellor revealed a string of measures designed to support the … Continue reading

Financial crisis “could lead to closure of 50 per cent of care homes”

Ministers are under mounting pressure to pump more money into care for the elderly as investigations by the Observer reveal how some of the largest providers may have to pull out of supplying services because of an escalating financial crisis. … Continue reading

There are fears that the new minimum wage will put care homes on the critical list

Businesses that run care homes for the elderly are at risk of going bankrupt from an increase in the minimum wage this month, experts warn. The private sector manages 80 per cent of care homes but the industry is struggling … Continue reading