RNHA calls for tougher regulation of homecare

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

Regulation of the domiciliary care sector is not as robust as it should be, says the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) which has urged the Government to do more to protect dependent and vulnerable older people being cared for at home, and to review guidelines about the way individuals¹ needs are assessed and met. The RNHA¹s comments follow a recent television broadcast which highlighted serious problems in domiciliary care. RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the programme had confirmed his own association¹s concerns about the appropriateness of homecare for some highly dependent individuals with multiple needs. It had also heightened the disquiet felt by both the RNHA and others about the Government¹s insistence that homecare is a preferable option to residential care. “For many people, domiciliary care is the right solution, provided that the care is up to the required standards and is monitored as tightly as residential care,” Mr Ursell said. “We need to question, however, whether i

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