ONE in eight care homes has closed in the past decade – despite record numbers of older Brits.
A damning report reveals the scale of the crisis facing the sector, with 1,612 homes shutting their doors since 2009.
It comes as growing numbers of families are being forced to pay for their loved-ones care.
Boris Johnson gave voters a “cast-iron guarantee” he will have a long-term plan for social care in place within five years.
But campaigners warn 1.4 million older Brits are failing to get the support they desperately need.
A report on the care market by market analysts LaingBuisson shows there were 12,592 homes for OAPs in 2009.
But by this year, the number had fallen to 10,980.
Social care provision in England is means-tested, with people with more than £23,500 in savings or assets having to contribute.
Cash-strapped councils are forcing growing numbers to pay out for care which used to be provided free by the state.
Nearly half of all care home residents are now self-funding – with 45 per cent of Brits paying for their loved-ones to be looked after.
It is up from 40 per cent in 2009, according to the report.
Self-funders are also subsidising other residents, with those paying privately forking out £846 a week in 2016 – or £44,000 a year.
It is £236 a week more than that charged for council-funded beds.
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The research shows that “self-funding” for care home places has now risen to £7.6bn a year.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “There are more older people than ever before but fewer care and nursing home beds compared to a decade ago, and that spells big trouble for anyone who needs this kind of help today, as many do.
“It’s high time the Government got a grip on the situation so whoever our next PM is must make this a day one priority, or else hundreds of thousands of older people & their families are going to be very badly let down.”
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