Regulation? Market forces will bite harder

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

|Ken Topping, a senior surveyor in the Glasgow office of chartered surveyors DM Hall, says the influence of market forces on care home provision should not be underestimated.| The main change affecting the Scottish care home sector over the last year or so has been the introduction of the Care Standards. The introduction of the standards caused some confusion over whether a care home would need to take remedial action in order to remain in compliance with the new legislation. While similar legislation in England stipulated various requirements over such factors as the proportion of single bedrooms and extent of ensuite facilities, minimum room sizes and lift installations, these requirements were subsequently downgraded to recommendations. In Scotland, the main requirement that would appear to have been retained is that concerning minimum room size. Yet, to an extent, the standards have been superseded by market forces which increasingly demand single bedrooms with ensuite facilities. When relatives of prospe

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