To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) care beds, (b) nursing beds, (c) elderly mentally impaired beds and (d) terminal beds there are in Somerset; and how many there have been in each of the last three years; (2) how many people there were in elderly care in Somerset in each of the last three years; (3) how many respite care homes have shut in each of the last three years in
(a) the Sedgemore district council area and (b) west Somerset; 
(4) how many people were placed in care homes from hospitals in Somerset in each of the last three years. 
The latest available information on residential and nursing care home places in the Somerset area is shown in table 1. Information on the number of care home places in Somerset is not yet available for 2002.
Table 1: Residential and nursing care home places in Somerset at 31 March
Total number of care home places
Number of places
|Elderly Mentally Infirm4||500||470||70||70||570||530|
1 Nursing data refers to Somerset health authority and includes registered beds in general and mental nursing homes
2 Residential data refers to Somerset shire county, and includes places in LA staffed, voluntary, private, small homes and dual registered residential places.
3 Beds designated people aged 65 and over other than elderly mentally infirm people
4 Beds designated for elderly mentally infirm people
RA Form A and RH(N) forms, Department of Health
The number of people aged 65 or over receiving community-based services to help them to live at home independently in the Somerset area is shown in table 2. Community based services include one or more of the following services: home care, day care, meals, planned short term breaks (respite care), direct payments, professional support, transport, equipment or adaptations.
Table 2: Older people receiving community-based services in Somerset1
As at 31 March
Number of older people
Rate per 1,000 population aged 65 or over2
1 People aged 65 or over, receiving community-based services from Somerset county council as at 31 March
2 This rate is Performance Assessment Framework Indicator C32
KS1 return, Department of Health
Information is not available centrally on the number of terminal beds in Somerset and the number of people placed in care homes from hospitals in Somerset.
Information is not collected centrally on respite care homes, as there is no formal classification for respite care homes.