The findings in new analysis of Care Quality Commission inspections, carried out by the charity Independent Age, are really disappointing.
In summary, older people are being forced to live in unsatisfactory residential care homes in some parts of the country because such a high percentage are rated "inadequate" or "requires improvement".
In a sense, the reasons why so many residential care homes are failing is as important in this story as the scale of poor quality care across the country.
Independent Age pointed to the low levels of funding from local authorities, difficulty recruiting good staff, low pay, and a lack of a support mechanism for improving those care homes which are struggling.
When people need residential care in later life, choosing the right home is a huge decision for families to make.
With a growing number of care homes receiving such poor inspection results, that decision is set to become even harder.
"The Government has an opportunity to address this in its upcoming Green Paper on social care but, in the meantime, councils must demonstrate that they understand the reasons for care home failures and are working to resolve them."