Research found shocking contrast in care home standards across the UK
In some areas, such as Stockport and Salford, pensioners and their families struggle to find decent care, with three in five homes rated as “unsatisfactory”.
The North West is the worst performing region in England when it comes to the proportion of satisfactory care homes, while London is the best, according to the charity Independent Age, which represents older people.
It found that seven of the eight worst performing English councils were in the North West, where 34 per cent of care homes across the region perform poorly.
The North West is followed by Yorkshire and The Humber, 32 per cent, and the South East, 28 per cent.
This compares to London, where just 20 per cent of care homes were rated as poor, the East, 21 per cent, and the South West, 21 per cent.
Performance at council level shows a greater variation.
The North West was the worst performing region in England
There are five local authority areas where more than half their care homes are rated as “inadequate” or “requires improvement”.
These included Stockport, at 63 per cent, Salford with 61 per cent, Manchester with 51 per cent and London’s Kensington and Chelsea, at 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, in the Isles of Scilly, Islington and Rutland, there were no care homes with these ratings.
Simon Bottery said: 'No one should be forced to live in an unsatisfactory care home'
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Simon Bottery, from Independent Age, said: “No one should be forced to live in an unsatisfactory care home but our analysis shows this is the grim reality for some.
“There is little indication local councils or government are giving the problem the attention it deserves.
“Money is likely to be one cause, but not the only one.”