Fix social care funding says Age Scotland

Older people’s charity says collapse of care home chain shows urgent need for sustainable approach

Wednesday 1st May 2019

The leading charity for older people in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to reassure anxious residents after a major care home chain that operates more than 30 care homes in Scotland announced it was going into administration.

Brian Sloan of Age Scotland warned the collapse of Four Seasons, which operates more than 250 care and nursing homes across the UK, was evidence of wider “significant challenges” in the social care sector.

He went on to say residents and families needed urgent guarantees there would be “no change” to their care.

The group’s medical director insisted it would continue to deliver “consistently good care” and there would not be “any change” for residents, families and staff.

But Mr Sloan said:

“No doubt alarm bells will be ringing at the highest levels of the Scottish Government and local authorities who should be looking at how they ensure continuity of care if no buyer is found for the business.

"…Age Scotland has been warning of the challenges in the social care sector for years. There are significant funding and staffing issues which makes the level of social care older people deserve more and more difficult to provide.

"With around 100 fewer care homes in Scotland than there were a decade ago, an ageing population and a projected 50% increase in the number of people living with dementia over the next 20 years, it is vital that our precious social care system is properly resourced and supported for the long term.”