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Hospital cuts increases demand for assisted living

November 12, 2015
Hospital cuts increases demand for assisted living

Demand for the type of homes built by HB Villages is set to increase as the NHS announces a reduction in hospital beds for people with learning disabilities and autism.

In response to the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, more patients will now live in homes rather than hospitals.

Around 2,600 people with autism or learning disabilities are in hospital at the moment, with three-quarters of them having been there for more than a year.

However, in areas that rely more on in-patient care, NHS England predicts the number of beds will be culled by 70%.

In a significant shift in the way care is provided, hospital units will be closed and £45m spent over the next three years to fund the move to community services.

This move to housing that allows people with disabilities to live independently, with dignity and access to local care and support, including assistive technology, is at the heart of the HB Villages vision.

Commenting on the NHS announcement, Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Associations, who visited our Moorgate Mill development in Blackburn to see how an alternative to hospital care works in practice, said:

I think we are at a turning point and we will see the closure of institutions and the scale-up of community provision.

“This is a victory for all those – both individual campaigners and charities – who have been campaigning against the inappropriate treatment of these vulnerable adults.

 

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