Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages said:
“The social care shortfall is edging ever closer to a full blown crisis and we now find ourselves in a situation where underfunding is at such a critical point, the quality of care itself is falling. More than ever people are having to watch their loved ones experience an appalling quality of care; just further evidence that existing care practices are both undesirable and deeply flawed.
“There may be no ‘one answer’ on how we deal with the creaking care system, but we do know that high quality housing options with flexible care available is a model that works. No matter what their age or care needs, people clearly prefer to be at home as they age, rather than in a nursing or care home. If there were more options which allowed older people to continue to live in their own homes, but bring in support where needed, it would go a long way to improving quality of life. It’s certainly no quick fix, but we need to stop wringing our hands and ignoring the benefits that high quality retirement property delivers.”