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Why are care homes not full?

Some of the reasons for lower capacity Elderly people are being turned away from care homes with spare beds because of staff shortages, analysis suggests. Shortages are arising because managers are leaving beds, or in some cases entire floors, units or homes, empty of residents. "The number of registered but unavailable beds is much greater than previously thought," the research said. In some cases, it adds, managers "take a conscious decision not to admit residents to full capacity, usually for staffing reasons, either because they cannot recruit the staff or, more likely, the additional revenue from occupied beds is insufficient to justify incurring additional staffing and other costs."

Summary The Laing Buisson report market-defining report, Care Homes for Older People throws doubt on the assertion that care homes will struggle because they will reach their full capacity. The analysis based upon CQC information shows they are only operating at 85% capacity rather than previously thought 90%. It is a sign of the times that some providers are choosing not to admit residents because of recruitment difficulties, or additional revenue from occupied beds is insufficient to justify incurring additional staffing and other costs. Albert Cook BA, MA & Fellow Charted Quality Institute Managing Director Bettal Quality Consultancy

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