Care Homes

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) registered care home and (b) nursing home places there were in (i) England and (ii) Greater London in each year since 2016.

Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes have closed since 2016.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The total number of beds in care homes remains broadly static but high quality care is not just about care home beds and the numbers of care homes. Of those aged 65 and over who need local authority support, 62% are cared for in their own home. The number of home care agencies in England has increased by 55% since 2010 (3,184 more agencies).

The following table shows care home bed numbers in England and Greater London 2016 – 2018, as of the date listed in the table.

England

London Region

Date

Number of Nursing Home Beds

Number of Care Home Beds

Number of Nursing Home Beds

Number of Care Home Beds

1 January 2016

224,024

237,769

20,905

16,336

1 January 2017

221,205

239,118

20,199

16,624

1 January 2018

222,416

237,229

20,452

15,917

Data on care home closures is not held centrally.

The following table shows care both the total number of care home locations active on 1 January and the number of care home locations deactivated from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017. A location can be deactivated for a number of reasons, and not necessarily because the service has closed. For example, it may have re-registered because it has made changes to its legal structure or changed address. Similarly, other operators may have entered the market and replaced the care provision provided by the deactivation of a location.

England

London Region

Nursing Home

Residential Home

Nursing Home

Residential Home

Year

Number of Locations Deactivated in year

Number of Active locations as of 1 January

Number of Locations Deactivated in year

Number of Active locations as of 1 January

Number of Locations Deactivated in year

Number of Active locations as of 1 January

Number of Locations Deactivated in year

Number of Active locations as of 1 January

2016

370

4,648

1,010

12,191

30

396

115

1,220

2017

416

4,513

937

11,968

46

380

117

1,172

2018

4,489

11,615

374

1,107

Notes:

A location with a service type of ‘Care home service with nursing’ is categorised as a ‘Nursing Home’; a location with a service type of ‘Care home service without nursing’ is categorised as a ‘Care Home’; a location may have multiple service types.

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