Will assisted and supported living become regulated?
By PETER GROSE, partner, Lester Aldridge Solictors
New guidance is about to be issued by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), outlining its policy as to the circumstances in which assisted or supported living services are registrable as a care home under the Care Standards Act 2000. The guidance will not only cover the highly topical area of assisted living and extracare for elderly people but also situations where adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems are receiving supported living services.
Semantics is always a problem in this area but I will refer to both these separate areas generically as �assisted living�.
I discovered the existence of the proposed new guidance almost hidden in the agenda for the November meeting of the CSCI Commissioners. In response to my written question as to whether the draft guidance has been approved, I have been told by the CSCI �the Commissioners approved the policy, but asked that the assessment tool (referred to in the guidance) itself be the subj