Supported living and extracare – a rose by any other name?
In the February and July 2005 editions of Caring Times I attempted to summarise the current confused legal and regulatory position in relation to supported living and extracare. In July 2005 the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) issued to its staff Interim Policy and Guidance which has important implications for providers. The Guidance states that it has been issued as a direct result of the Court of Appeal decision in the Alternative Futures case which went to the Court of Appeal under the title of Moore and Others v Care Standards Tribunal and CSCI. The Guidance states that it will continue to apply until: 1. The outcome of any further appeal from the Court of Appeal to the House of Lords (it is not as yet known whether the Lords will give consent allowing the appeal to be heard) and 2. A revision by the Department of Health of their current Guidance Supported Housing and Care Homes – Guidance on Regulations issued in August 2002. The Department of Health (DoH) has indicated that this further Gui