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SCOTTISH COMMUNITY CARE BULLETIN 1994

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There were 17,960 places in residential homes for older people as at March 1994. Forty nine per cent of this provis...
There were 17,960 places in residential homes for older people as at March 1994. Forty nine per cent of this provision was in the private and voluntary sectors as compared to 35% in 1980.

This is largely due to the expansion in the private sector which accounted for 26% of total provision in 1994. The number of places in day centres for older people was 8,455 in 1994 which has more than doubled since 1980 when the number of places was 3,600.

These are some of the findings in the Community Care Bulletin 1994 which is published today. This provides statistics on community care services for adults, with information from the social work, health and housing fields.

Other findings include:

- There was a three per cent increase in the number of people receiving a home help service between 1993 and 1994. The 1994 figure reached almost 91,000. This number shows an increase of 50% on the 1980 figure. Over the same period the number of home helps rose by 10%, resulting in an increase in the average number of clients per home help from six in 1980 to 8.5 in 1994.

- In the year to March 1994 there were 2.3 million meals-on-wheels served.

- The shift away from hospital care and towards more care in the community is further demonstrated by the fall in the average number of NHS geriatric long-stay beds from 7,853 in 1993 to 7,337 in 1994, while there was an increase in the number of places in registered nursing homes from 17,012 to 17,646 in 1994. This pattern was also reflected in the average number of NHS staffed beds for the specialty of mental health problems or psychogeriatric specialty, where there was a fall from 12,300 in 1993 to 11,300 in 1994.

- The level of sheltered housing provision continued to increase, with 37,200 sheltered housing dwellings in 1994 compared to 35,800 in 1993.

- For the financial year 1993-94 total identifiable gross expenditure on social work services for older people was 302 million.

- Expenditure on physically disabled people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems totalled 145 million.

-* `Community Care Bulletin 1994', the fifth in a series of publications, provides statistics on Community Care services in 1994, together with comparable figures from previous years.

- Copies of the bulletin, price £2, are available from HMSO Bookshop, 71 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AZ.

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