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The Road Ahead

1 December 2016

While there are indications of some better news for care homes for older people, the adult social care sector continues to face challenges on a number of different fronts. We are delighted therefore to publish new research on fee, occupancy and funding data in association with members of the National Care Forum (NCF).

The research has produced some interesting findings which once again compare the NCF members favourably to the independent sector averages:
  • NCF member average fee rates have increased significantly over the past 12 months, by 11.5 and 10.0% for personal care and nursing respectively
  • London and the South East remain the strongest performers in terms of average and self-funded fee rates achieved. That said, the North West is performing very well
  • North West occupancy levels are strong and the South West has improved markedly to be back in line with where we would expect. The West Midlands continues to boast the highest occupancy at 95.3%
  • Occupancy in tertiary homes has increased quite substantially over the past year, indicating a general increase in demand for services regardless of asset type
  • NCF overall occupancy has improved and is now in line with LaingBuisson’s third sector average rates, at 92.6 per cent of registered capacity.

Vic Rayner, Executive Director of NCF, says: 

“I would like to thank Carterwood for the research they have carried out to bring into focus the work of NCF members in this challenging climate. The results of their research into accommodation, occupancy rates and fee levels show that the not for profit sectors continued emphasis on quality has ensured that it remains a partner of choice in the provision of care. This form of benchmarking is essential for our membership to enable them to effectively charter the road ahead."

Ben Harley, Director at Carterwood, added: 

“By working collaboratively with the NCF, our research shows that NCF members are well-positioned with superior facilities and strong occupancy and fee rates. All providers are operating in a challenging environment but the fact that the not-for-profit sector continues to innovate and achieve great outcomes for people using services is a credit to how they lead and how their staff deliver care services on an ongoing basis.”

Findings from the research are detailed in the latest edition of Carterwood’s FOCUS, which can be found on the Carterwood website.

If you are interested in receiving a copy or discussing any issues raised in the bulletin, please do not hesitate to contact Carterwood on or call 08458 690777 to speak to a member of the team.

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