Statistics show that care home admissions in England and Wales are not growing, despite the growth in elderly population. Why are more and more people choosing in-home care as an alternative?
An interesting statistic from the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures shows us that, despite an 11% rise in over 65’s in England and Wales between 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales, the number of care home residents has hardly changed, increasing by just 1,000 (or 0.3%) to 291,000. The number of over 65’s rose from 8.3m to 9.2m over the same period, so why haven’t care home admissions risen in line?
The ONS report attributed this to the fact that older people are now able to stay in their own homes for longer. At The Good Care Group, we know that most people, given the choice, wish to remain in their own home, with familiar surroundings, friends, family and even their pets, rather than an institutionalised care setting.
We believe that these statistics reflect the fact that more and more people are seeing live in care as a preferable alternative to a care home. With a high quality live-in care service it is possible to remain in the comfort and familiarity of your own home and enjoy a level of care and wellbeing and we feel that you simply cannot compare care homes with live-in care.
At The Good Care Group we aim to provide the very best care, through dedicated, trained, live-in carers and this enables elderly people to have a quality of life that we believe a care home cannot provide. If you’d like more information about live-in care, and how we can help you or your loved one, please contact one of our friendly consultants today.