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S5W-20106: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-06786 by Shona Robison on 2 March 2017, whether it will provide an update regarding how many integrated care homes there are.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 November 2018

The Care Home Census for Adults in Scotland confirms there were 1,142 adult care homes operating in Scotland as at 31 March 2017, but none of these are registered as "integrated care homes".

Short stay residents in care homes are regarded as residents whose intention,when admitted to an adult care home was to stay for fewer than six weeks, and the reason for the short stay is not respite relief. If a resident stays longer than 6 weeks they are counted as a long stay resident instead.

As at 31 March 2017, the number of short stay/respite residents in care homes for older people had increased by 96% in comparision with March 2007 (1,468 compared to 750). A significant number of short stay residents will be receiving intermediate care.

We still estimate there are around 700 intermediate care beds across Scotland, and these can be found in a variety of settings including community hospitals and care homes. Many more care home places are commissioned by health and social care partnerships to support people with a range of needs.

Health and Social Care Partnerships are responsible for developing a strategic commissioning plan which sets out plans to shape and deliver local health and social care services that meet the needs of their local population. Care homes play an important role in supporting the delivery of this plan and enabling people to keep well in a homely setting.