|LOST HOSPITALS OF LONDON|
A brief history of healthcare provision in London
HOMES FOR THE AGED
From Tudor times many charitable institutions provided homes for the aged. These took the form of poorhouses, almshouses or asylums, mainly intended to provide shelter, rather than nursing care, for those still able to lead independent lives.
During the late 19th century many Poor Law infirmaries had in effect become residential care homes for poor aged and infirm people, that is, those who had become too old and ill to care for themselves. It has been estimated that some 4% of the aged population lived in infirmaries (about the same percentageas those today living in state-supported care).
HOMES FUNDED BY RELGIOUS CHARITIESJewish Home of Rest
KING'S FUND HOMES and HALFWAY HOUSESWhittington
NHS-FUNDED HOMES and HOSPITALS
By the 1980s government policy had changed. To save money within the NHS, it was decided to close geriatric hospitals and the responsibility for placing the elderly in residential nursing homes passed to local authorities.
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