What is worrying the market

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

Proposed National Required Standards have been a cause for concern to everyone in the long term care sector. Jim Fogden spells out the most contentious of the proposed standards, and explains why lenders and property agents are treading carefully. The Consultation Document produced by the Department of Health called “Fit for the Future? National Required Standards for Residential and Nursing Homes for Older People”, highlights, among other things, proposed spatial standards along with proposals concerning staffing levels. A summary of staffing proposals is : #Residential Homes: in homes of more than eight beds the care staff ratio must be a minimum of 1:8. The night care staff-to-residents ratio must be at least 1:16. Ancillary staff hours must be calculated on the minimum of 3.5 hours per resident per week for laundry and domestic staff, and 2.5 hours per resident per week for catering staff. #Nursing Homes: care staff-to-residents ratios must be at least 1:5 in the morning, 1:7 in the afternoon and 1:10 at

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