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Care Home checks

17th August 2006

05052006_mealtime.jpgCare homes for elderly and disabled people will be subject to visits by inspectors to improve the quality of food and prevent the overuse of sedatives. The spot checks will be part of an inspection regime to raise standards for adults living in care homes. 

A consultation document published by the Commission for Social Care Inspection states that as well as key inspections of individual homes to investigate their staff and facilities, there will be themed inspections into particular aspects of social care, with food and medication being specifically mentioned in the document. Many homes have been criticised for the quality of the food that they serve and others have been criticised for keeping residents on unnecessarily high levels of sedatives.

The proposals also require care homes to ensure that residents are able to keep up with their hobbies and activities, and set out clear guidelines on “end-of-life? management, making clear that residents have a right to refuse invasive treatment.

The new quality ratings, from one to four stars, will reward good performance while placing an onus on poorly performing services to improve.  It will also allow the public, and those commissioning services, to ensure they get value for money.

Pending the outcomes of the consultation, the new ratings system is due to be introduced in mid-2007.



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