Greater control of personalised support: 25% of people now access their care through a Direct Payment and 27% through an Individual Service Fund so they can control micro-commissioning of their own care.
High levels of owner occupiers: the finding of our Strategic Housing Market Assessment Survey (2010) identified that the majority of older people in Calderdale are owner-occupiers. Home ownership is resulting in increasing numbers of people self-funding their own care and seeking for that care to be delivered in their home.
Fragility: dominance of local micro-providers who face significant risks including heavy reliance on low paid staff, property conversions and public funding.
Reducing care homes sector: since 2013/14 there have been 5 older people’s care homes close in Calderdale reducing the bed base down to 1,275 (18% reduction). This is in keeping with our ambition to reduce reliance on pure residential care and to reshape the market to provide personalised support, closer to home and for the residential sector to reduce in size with a focus on smaller, more specialised, sustainable level for the future.
There has been a 64% increase in demand for short term, transitional placements rebuilding connections and confidence so that the person can return home.
In 2013/14 42% of all safeguarding alerts each month related to the care home sector. The Council’s Contracts Team annual priority assessment identifies 39% of care homes as being at risk of compliance failures requiring a close monitoring regime to be implemented.
The Council, in collaboration with the Calderdale CCG, CQC, SWYPFT and West Yorkshire Police wants to see providers place residents at the heart of everything they do, and ultimately ensure the wellbeing and safety of residents through accountability. In this way a major cultural shift will be triggered where everyone involved in the provision of residential care thinks about dignity, so that we get to a position where “we are all the richer when (older) people are respected, valued and celebrated”.
The average age that an older person enters a care home is 84. Very few people who are placed into care homes ever leave again, usually this is the place where a resident will spend the last 2 years of their life.
Average length of stay (weeks)
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