Age UK comments on Which? figures
Author: Age UK
Published on 29 November 2017 01:00 AM
New figures from Which? reveal that a lack of good quality care means some parts of the country have more than half of their care homes beds in homes rated poor or inadequate.
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's Charity Director:
'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.
'These figures make the Government's failure to increase social care funding in the Budget last week all the more inexplicable.'
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