‘Naive’ standards set to cause more problems for care homes

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

A survey of homes for younger adults has shown that this sector is about to be overtaken by the crisis that has brought about the closure of many homes for older people, with small homes being at greatest risk. According to information gathered from 145 homes by Hampshire Care Association (HCA), about half of them will be put out of business by some of the environmental requirements contained in “National Minimum Standards for Homes for Younger Adults”. HCA chair Ronnie Cairnduff said the Department of Health had again shown it was out of touch with the real world. “We have shown that their estimates of possible capacity losses are wildly optimistic,” said Mr Cairnduff. One of the major problem areas identified by operators is the demand that by 2007, existing homes organise their accommodation into “clusters”, with no more than eight people sharing a staff group, a dining area and other common facilities. Nearly three in ten homes said that they would not be able to meet the standard. “The registration limit

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