Scottish charity gives guarded welcome to care standards

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

Age Concern Scotland has given a cautious welcome to new care standards for care homes for older people. Director of Age Concern Scotland Maureen O¹Neill said the new standards were an important step forward in improving the quality of life for older people in care homes. She was pleased that the standards covered areas from nutrition through to spiritual care and said, if implemented properly, they would make a big difference. “Improving standards, however, comes at a cost and care providers, the Scottish Executive and local authorities must all make sure that money is made available to implement the standards,” said Ms O¹Neill. “The new Commission for the Regulation of Care must ensure that all care providers, from the smallest care home to the largest local authority, implement these standards in full. Enforcement will be a time-consuming and complex process and the standards will be of little value if they are not enforced or resourced properly.”

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