Category Archives: Residential Care

“Boom Turns to Bust”

Just two weeks ago I was blogging about the precarious financial position of the residential care sector.  (See “Poker Played With Peoples’ Lives” by clicking on “Residential Care” in the topics list). It is a story which grew out of … Continue reading

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“Poker played with peoples lives !”

Four years ago, in 2011, my blog followed the demise of Southern Cross which was then the largest care home operator in the UK.   (You can read the full story by clicking on “Southern Cross” in the TAG CLOUD). It … Continue reading

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“Elderly No-care Costs 1”

This is the start of a series of blogs which will cover the financial cost of providing for oneself in later life, including the cost of care should you need it. As we move closer to the next General Election … Continue reading

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“Residential No Care”

Around 30 years ago I spoke at Birmingham City Hall at a conference about the future of care homes for older people.  I controversially suggested that all residential homes should be shut down within 10 years.  I was assailed by … Continue reading

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“Hang the curtains!”

While care of older people in residential care homes languishes in a perilous position – under-funded, staffed largely by unqualified staff and inspected by tick box regulators – the Care Minister, Mr Norman Lamb, has come up with a bold … Continue reading

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“Residential Care not Healed”

The private residential care sector grew rapidly in the 1980’s and 1990’s as the elderly population expanded.  The construction of new homes was funded by expensive venture capital on the promise of high financial returns, underpinned by Government support for … Continue reading

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“We don’t care”

My old friend Mr Paul Burstow, is back in the news.  (See an earlier blog where he is mentioned by clicking on “Confusion still Reigns” in the ARCHIVE dated November 2011). Mr Burstow was the Care Minister from 2010 to … Continue reading

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“Southern Cross Shadow”

Eighteen months ago, the Southern Cross Nursing and Residential Care Group was in the headlines every day (see “SOUTHERN CROSS” in the TAG CLOUD for earlier blogs). They were up to their necks in debt and in danger of imminent collapse.  … Continue reading

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“Southern Cross – Post Mortem”

For most of this year I have been writing about the Southern Cross residential care provider and its painful and slow demise.  See all the earlier posts in the TAG CLOUD by clicking on “Southern Cross”. The pain was felt … Continue reading

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“Southern Cross Double Cross”

It is 10 months since I first forecast the collapse of Southern Cross Healthcare (see “Houses Built on Sand” dated 16th January 2011).  Later, the news hit the headlines and I wrote about it under the title of “Southern Cross … Continue reading

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