Care homes are increasingly becoming a popular option for investment assets as more and more older people look for higher quality places to live. Freedom, independence, care and the ability to live in a social environment are all factors that have fuelled a greater demand for apartment style care homes that exist in modern complexes.
However, the nation may need even more dedicated care homes than previously thought, according to new reports. It was recently claimed that the system in place at current is failing people with early onset dementia, with younger patients not catered for in facilities that offer requisite care while also catering to their needs as young professionals with families.
And now a new report published by the Care Quality Commission has shown that care homes in general are failing dementia patients, with nine in ten of care homes and hospitals not able to provide the right level of care to people who are suffering with the illness.
This is a hot topic at the moment, with a report revealed this week by Office for National Statistics showing that dementia is now the biggest killer of women in the UK. In 2013, 31,850 women died of complications related to the illness, three times more than breast cancer.
According to the Care Quality Commission, the majority of people who are in care homes across the country are suffering from dementia, which illustrates just how vital it is that the system is getting it right in terms of offering the correct care to people.
Inspectors paid visits to 129 care homes and 20 hospitals nationwide, and discovered that a staggering 90 per cent had at least some aspect of poor or inconsistent care. “It is likely that someone living with dementia will experience poor care at some point while living in a care home or being treated in hospital,” their report stated.
It was discovered that some 56 per cent of care homes fail to fully assess the needs of those with dementia, with staff failing to carry out the sort of basic checks that would alert them to the basic needs of patients.
The consistency of care was also highlighted as being a concern, while the Care Quality Commission said that the social, mental and emotional needs of patients are not a big enough priority in 42 per cent of care homes.
This is something that can be addressed in newly-built care homes, with this new style of facility able to help people socialise with areas dedicated to meeting and congregating, allow them to take part in activities such as gardening and generally offer them a far better quality of life.
Andrea Sutcliffe, England’s chief inspector of adult social care, said that creating a consistently high level of care for older people across the board is the main concern moving forward and should be the goal in years ahead.
“People living with dementia, their families and carers have every right to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion,” she told the Daily Mail.
“Our review found some great care, delivered by committed, skilled and dedicated staff. But this is not the case everywhere or even within the same service.”
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said that there is no longer any room for excuses in the industry, vowing to put more of a focus on improving conditions for older people in years to come. It is clear that there is a strong need for care home investment in the UK.