Providers of care for younger adults warn of home closures if minimum standards are implemented

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

Proposed National Minimum Standards for care homes whose residents are under 65 have stirred the wrath of the Association for Residential Mental Care (ARMC). In what looks like a re-run of last year, when the independent sector warned of mass closures of care homes for elderly people as a result of the “Fit For The Future” National Minimum Standards, ARMC chair Phil Phillips said the proposed new legislation would result in the closure of many homes for mentally ill and disabled people. “New standards for people in care under 65 apply to all, no matter what their disability or illness, resulting in stupid anomalies like a requirement that a visually disabled person must have a room with a view,” Mr Phillips said. “The most financially damaging requirement proposed is for care of people under 65 to be provided in groups of no larger than eight, each group to have separate staff and physical facilities which, apart from being uneconomic, will also deny the clients themselves the choice which they currently enjo

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