Providers omitted from care home review in Wales

Posted on December 9th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, December 2013

A review of residential care for older people in Wales has been criticised because it will be missing out on vital expertise from the social care sector. Care Forum Wales is disappointed that the Older People’s Commissioner in Wales will not have a ‘provider expert’ on her official advisory panel.

The organisation, which represents 500 providers in Wales, believes it would also be important to consider the impact of chronic underfunding on the sector. Commissioner Sarah Rochira said the review team would make unannounced visits to 100 care homes as part of the process.

Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said: ” We support the overall aims of the review and its stated methodology.

“Our disappointment however is that the Commissioner has not included a provider expert on the main advisory panel.

“As far as we can see, no-one who has lived in, worked in, managed or owned a care home is represented on the Panel. “We had hoped that the more enlightened approach of fully involving the sector would have been taken and it appears counter-intuitive to exclude that expertise from the discussions.”

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