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We could end up with a "care desert" in Norfolk

We could end up with a "care desert" in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
11:35am 18th June 2019.

We could end up with a "care desert" in Norfolk.

That's the warning from Age UK.

It's as the number of beds at care homes in our county are failing to keep up with our growing elderly population.

old man hands

The number of people aged 75 and older in Norfolk has grown by 11% over the last five years, rising from 95,000 in 2014 to an estimated 105,000 today.

But analysis of Care Quality Commission data shows that the number of beds in care homes increased by just 3% over the same period.

Today, there are 8,509 care home beds in Norfolk.

In Norfolk, there are 8.1 care home beds for every 100 older residents.

The national average is 8.5.

The availability of beds in care homes varies considerably in different parts of England, according to retirement mortgage company Responsible Life which produced the research.

pensioner in a care home

Age UK has criticised Government handling of adult social care, and said the system is "chaotic and broken" after years of underfunding.

Charity director Caroline Abrahams said:

"If the awful situation set out in this report doesn't persuade our Government to finally get a grip and take action, I don't know what will."

care home


The Department of Health and Social Care said it would set out plans to reform the social care system "at the earliest opportunity".

A spokesperson said:

"People must have access to high quality care that meets their needs. Local authorities have a duty to ensure people receive appropriate care and support.

We have given them access to up to £3.9 billion more dedicated funding for adult social care this year, and a further £410 million is available for adults and children's services."

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