Doctors call for better funding of care homes

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

|A joint report says the provision of health care services for residents in care homes is haphazard and clouded by debate. The report says funding to the sector should be doubled.| A joint report by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Geriatrics Society says NHS funding input to care homes should be doubled. The report, The Health and Care of Older People in Care Homes, says vulnerable older people do not get services tailored to their needs, and that the organisation of health and care services for care home residents is haphazard and overshadowed by debates about costs and regulatory mechanisms. The joint report details costed recommendations for improvements, including the introduction of a specialist GP service for homes, a specialist older people’s nurse who would take the lead on co-ordinating care and the development of a “teaching” nursing home in each region. The report, produced by a joint working party, calls for an “integrated interdisciplinary approach” f

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