The Government¹s guidance on physical standards


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

|Health minister Jacqui Smith¹s guidance on physical standards, issued to the National Care Standards Commission on January 29| In relation to the environmental national minimum standards for care homes, the Commission should consider carefully certain factors such as whether the accommodation overall is satisfactory and service user views, before coming to any final decision. The Commission should take particular care in applying the following standards for care homes for older people in order to avoid good quality care homes being removed from registration by their application: Standard 21.3 Assisted Baths ­ the ratio should be interpreted flexibly with disabled showers being considered as an assisted bath. The Commisson should not require a care home to have a second assisted bath facility for nine residents and should consider the overall quality of care and architectural constraints before deciding how many service users there should be before a second assisted bath is required. If there is any doubt a





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