Changing from care home to supported living

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Peter Grose considers a recent decision of the Care Standards Tribunal to disallow an application for deregistration| Organisations promoting supported living have been waiting anxiously for the decision of the Care Standards Tribunal (CST) in the test case of Alternative Futures Ltd v the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). Judgment was given in July and was made against Alternative Futures. The company had sought to deregister a number of its care homes by setting up a scheme whereby the residents were given tenancy agreements for their rooms. Care would then be provided by Alternative Futures acting as a domiciliary care agency, providing care to their former residents “in their own homes”. This would have the dual benefit of giving residents extra cash through the Supporting People Grant and would also free Alternative Futures from the constrictions and extra cost of registration as a care home provider in respect of the homes. When applying for cancellation, Alternative Futures stated that in all

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