Hoylake Vision, the resident-led Community Planning Forum is undertaking some research into the provision of residential care and other services for older Hoylake residents. If you are over 65 and live in Hoylake (or could complete the survey for someone who is unable to do so themselves) please take a few moments to complete this survey. To better understand the current level of provision see the supporting notes below.
Care home provision: supporting notes
(research conducted by Hoylake Village Life, 2012)
Hoylake has a higher than national average number of over 65s (22.4% or 2,600 in total).1)Office of National Statistic Census 2011.
This may explain in part why it has been anecdotally assumed that there is a greater than average need for elderly care provision.
However, little data has been available to support or inform this important area.
The following should help: Including existing care home spaces and those currently approved for development there is care home provision for 336 people in Hoylake and Meols; sufficient for 2.7% of the local population.
This represents an increase of 27% since 2011.2)Analysis of care home provision in Hoylake HVL 2011
There are 381,000 care home residents in the UK representing 0.6% of the population. 3)University of Kent PSSRU: Provision of care home services in Britain 2012
This would equate to 75 people from the population of Hoylake and Meols.
By 2020 it is estimated that 1.5% of the populace will have dementia; 33% of whom will require care home provision. 4)Dementia – A state of the nation report on dementia care and support in England
This would equate to 60 people from the population of Hoylake and Meols.
The current number of dementia-‐suitable care home spaces in Hoylake and Meols is 169; approximately 75% of existing provision.
This will increase significantly when the current new developments are complete to approximately 250 spaces.
Whilst understandable that lower land prices and larger property sizes in seaside locations present attractive development opportunities for private care home developers it is clear from this data that there should already be sufficient provision for local people.
It could be argued that future proposed developments should be viewed in that context.
However research is also needed to determine whether despite the apparent adequate provision there are still areas of local need that are not being met for example:
- Is there sufficient respite care for local people and their carers?
- Are there areas of provision that are still not satisfying local need?
- Can developers be required to ensure sufficient spaces are reserved for local people so that nearby relatives can easily visit?
Can we work with WMBC to establish some of this data to help inform a policy for future proposed care home developments?