The statistical bulletin, the third in the series, covers total adult residential provision and placements funded by local authorities at 31 March 1995, two years after the introduction of the Community Care reforms.
The figures show that:
Residents supported by local authorities
- a smaller number of residents were supported in local authority staffed residential homes, a 4% decrease, and more in independent sector residential homes, up 43%
- over 50% of supported residents in residential care are now in independent sector homes
- there were significantly more supported residents in residential and nursing care with mental illness, including elderly mentally infirm people
Residential care homes
-the total number of places was virtually unchanged at 329,200, having fallen slightly since 1991. The number of residents fell by 1% to 288,600 but has remained broadly constant since 1991
- the independent sector now provides 77% of all places compared with 75% in 1994
- at 31 March 1995 there were also 5,500 'small' residential care homes containing 10,300 residents and 1,540 unstaffed local authority residential care homes containing 3,800 residents
- there were increases in numbers of residents with learning disabilities (up 3%) and elderly mentally infirm people (up 5%)
-* Statistical Bulletin 1995/21 'Personal Social Services: Residential Accommodation in England 1995' (ISBN 1 85839 494 5) is available, price £2, from: Department of Health, PO Box 410, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS23 7LN.