CSCI homecare report: much to celebrate, much still to do

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

When the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) published its survey of the homecare sector in October 2006 in a report entitled Time to Care?, much of the press coverage of the report focused on the criticisms contained within it; most notably the limitations of the “15 minute” unit of care commissioned by some local authorities. However, while there are clearly areas for improvement and fundamental longer term issues need to be resolved by all stakeholders, there is much to celebrate about the homecare sector in the report. 2005-06 was the first full year of statutory inspections of homecare agencies since the application of the Care Standards Act was extended to the homecare sector in 2003. Homecare is a centrepiece of the Government’s social policy planning for the care of older people and the report confirms that the independent sector has “grown exponentially”. It also confirms that the amount of homecare funded by councils has almost doubled over the last decade and that demand “is ce

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