Relatives concerned about impact of national standards
Providers’ concern about the impact of proposed national standards governing room sizes in care homes has been echoed by the Relatives and Residents Association. In its Autumn newsletter the association says space standards do need to improve for residents in homes but acknowledges that residents might prefer a slightly smaller room with a good view to a long thin one or one with no view. “People might not want a home in their village to close or a small, friendly caring home to do so,” the newsletter says. “The merit of national standards are that they are just that, but could these be combined with an appeals system which allows for on-site common sense? An appeals system to a local panel of lay people, including residents and relatives, might be a way forward – but is not the way the world usually works”.