Essential reading for the healthcare business
 
 
Remember me:
Skip Navigation LinksHealthInvestor article
Care home resident numbers remain static despite elderly population rise

Despite an 11% rise in the number of people aged over 65 between 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales, the number of care home residents has hardly changed.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) around 291,000 people were living in care homes in 2011, which is only 1,000 more than a decade earlier.

Meanwhile, the population aged 65 and over has risen from 8.3 million to 9.2 million during this period.

The ONS report attributes this to the fact that elderly people are able to remain independent at home for longer due to factors such as improved population health and the increase in unpaid carers.

Healthcare Property Consultants director Ian Wilkie, however, said that this is more likely to be down to a shortage in care homes.

"There were 26,000 less beds in 2011 than in 2001. That is as a consequence of loss of capacity due to lack of funding, attrition of obsolete properties and lack of development finance to replace them. It led to people being left at home and receiving inadequate 15 minute home care visits that have been so widely reported recently," he said.

The ONS data also revealed that during this decade the gender divide in care home residents also narrowed.

In 2011 there were 2.8 women for every man aged 65 and over; in 2001 there was a ratio of 3.3 women to each man.

The statistics highlight that the number of men living in care homes has risen by 15% over the decade while the number of women has decreased by 4.2%.

This has been put down to an increasing number of single households, according to experts, as single men are more likely to go into a care home.



Related articles:

Posted on: 04/08/2014

Latest news stories

26/06/2019
Another mental health unit run by Cygnet Health Care is at the centre of allegations of poor care after the Care Quality Commission placed it into special measures.
26/06/2019
Independent physiotherapy provider, Ascenti today announced a partnership with national health club operator The Bannatyne Group, under which Ascenti will operate across Bannatyne sites.
25/06/2019
MPs have backed the removal of NHS compulsory competitive tendering service procurement rules.
24/06/2019
The majority of care homes fail to provide adequate dental care and hygiene to residents, the Care Quality Commission claimed today.
21/06/2019
Northwest-focused Praetura Ventures today announced it is backing fertility start-up Dr Fertility in a £1 million seed round.


Civica


HealthInvestor blog
As one of the UK’s largest care providers goes into administration, is it time to consider a more sustainable investment model to provide security for the country’s most vulnerable citizens?

Click here to view the HealthInvestor blog


Against the backdrop of a robust healthcare market with positive macro factors, speakers and delegates delved into the opportunities and challenges, and analysed the changing face of the region’s healthcare market
Athena Care Homes’ managing director is a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Basildon, Essex with her seven siblings, in a house where there was never a dull moment. That also meant her future was very much in her own hands
Medbelle is one of the best-rated medical providers in the UK. It is also a hospital without concrete walls – rather it is a ‘digital hospital’ offering self-pay elective procedures. Marie Cahalane goes on a digital journey with co-founder and managing director Leander de Laporte for a better understanding of how it works and its successes to date
As the Competition & Markets Authority prepares to launch a major investigation into the fragmented and largely unregulated funeral services sector, Rob Munro asks if the time is right for consolidation
As direct-to-consumer genetic testing gains popularity among millennials and early adopters, Rob Munro reviews the technology and considers the opportunities and potential pitfalls for investors

Click here to search all feature articles



Alantra Specialist Care Fast 50
According to global mid-market investment bank Alantra's latest report, the UK's specialist care market is growing and offers an attractive investment opportunity for those prepared to put quality at the top of the agenda. Justin Crowther, partner and head of healthcare at Alantra, gives an overview of the findings
Read more


Christie + Co

my images



Funerals

As the Competition & Markets Authority prepares to launch a major investigation into the fragmented and largely unregulated funeral services sector, Rob Munro asks if the time is right for consolidation
Read more