What is being proposed?
|Operators have until November 8 to respond to the GovernmentÂ¹s consultation document on revised physical standards. Karen Rogers spells out what changes are being proposed.| On July 23, the Secretary of State announced proposals to consult on an amended list of environmental standards to ensure that care home owners were clear about the environmental standards they should meet and reduce the fear of closure because they may not meet all the environmental standards such as sizes of rooms and doors, the availability of single rooms, the number of assisted baths, the installation of lifts, and door widths. The consultation document sets out how the national minimum standards should be amended so that certain environmental standards will no longer apply to care homes which existed before April 1, 2002. However, providers are required to spell out in their service usersÂ¹ guide details of the individual accommodation and communal space provided by them. The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) will note in