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Cutbacks and closures leave older people facing care home moves

Cutbacks and closures leave older people facing care home moves
29th April 2013

Thousands of older people face being relocated from their care homes due to cutbacks and closures.

According to the Independent, hundreds of care homes are on the edge of financial ruin because of debts run up prior to the financial downturn in 2008.

At the same time, many local authorities have slashed the amount of money they are prepared to pay for care.

In the past year, the number of private care providers in the UK has fallen by 67 due to insolvencies, while 250 have disappeared from the market in the past five years.

Things are equally as bad in the public sector, with some care homes earmarked to close in towns and cities across the country.

Caroline Abrahams, director of external affairs at Age UK, said: "When an older person goes into a care home they want to view that as somewhere there'll be left in peace to live their life and not having worry and anxiety that they could have to move."

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