It was also revealed that his personal chef often spent ,000 for a weekend’s food for Schwarzman and his wife, including 0 stone crabs, and that staff at his 11,000-sq ft home in Palm Beach had to avoid wearing rubber-soled shoes in case they disturbed his poolside bliss.
Guests included Colin Powell and the New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The chief executive of Age UK in Gloucestershire, Christina Snell, says statistics show people are twice as likely to die in the 12 months after a move.
‘It is certainly an issue when old people are moved because they can’t be prepared in the same way as younger people, and they have no choice.’National policy relating to care homes changed under John Major’s government, leading to the creation of a new network of independent providers.
Annual fees for a place in their homes average at £30,000, but despite this Southern Cross is struggling to meet annual rental payments of £250million – and fees paid by local authorities to look after many of its residents are being slashed by up to 10 per cent as part of the cuts programme.
Local councils have a responsibility – under the 1948 National Assistance Act – for adults who have been assessed as needing care, but no specific powers to prevent the closure of a care home by its owner or a liquidator.