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Competition and choice in the care home sector for older people: A case study of the market in Surrey

Knibb, W (2006) Competition and choice in the care home sector for older people: A case study of the market in Surrey Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 7 (4). pp. 3-10.

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Abstract

Competition in the care home sector for older people is encouraged as a means of increasing efficiency, driving down prices and raising quality. Choice is promoted to meet user expectations of healthcare and to improve service provision. The purpose of this study is to consider the evidence of care home provider competition and enhanced user choice through analysis of a discrete market area in the south of England. Data were collected from care home directories compiled by the National Care Standards Commission and the inspection reports on care homes. Longitudinal changes to the structure of the care home market are analysed from 1999-2003. Choice is investigated with reference to fees paid and vacancy rates in homes. Results indicate that the Surrey market reflects national evidence. This exemplifies how immediate choice is only realistically available for those with a willingness and ability to pay higher fees. © Copyright - 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
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NameEmailORCID
Knibb, Wwendy.knibb@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2006
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1108/14717794200600022
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:03
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 10:03
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/826203

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