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Care homes getting worse in one in three local councils

Carer and woman in wheelchair in a care home

Care homes getting worse in one in three local councils – urgent action needed to end inadequate standards of care, says older people’s charity

The quality of care homes has worsened in the last year in more than a third of local authorities (37%) Independent Age has found.

With over 2.6 million over-65s living in areas where an increasing number of care homes are rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) many older people and their families have no choice but to choose a poorly-performing care home. 

The older people’s charity analysed a snapshot of the CQC’s inspection data in January 2018 and January 2019, and found:

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