DoH clarifies National Minimum Standards on lift use

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

A Department of Health policy officer has given a care home owner in Minehead, Somerset, reassurance that a shaft lift will not have to be installed where residents are able to use stairs. Stephen and Madeleine Dear, owners of Boyd House, a 21-bed residential care home, had written to health minister Alan Milburn and former health minister John Hutton in June, asking for clarification of some of the National Minimum Standards, in particular the requirements for passenger lifts and openings for wheelchair users. Replying to the Dears¹ letter, policy officer Nadia Crichlow said care homes which provided good quality care should have nothing to fear from the introduction of national standards. “The key point about national standards is that care provision must be fit for the purpose and meet the assessed needs of residents,” Ms Crichlow wrote. “It will be for the Commission (the NCSC) to decide in the particular circumstances of each individual home whether the home conforms to the standards necessary to meet t

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