Will the new minimum standards mean standardisation?
Residents are different people with different needs, and care homes should reflect that, says John Burton. So will the National Minimum Standards force every home into being too uniform? No home should be the same as any other. This is as true of care homes as it is of our own homes. Each care home should be unique. Some residents want a well-run hotel with care and nursing on the premises, while others like a homely, lived-in sort of place which feels more like a family or group of friends living together. The overall purpose of the new standards is to make sure that care homes meet the needs of residents Â and residents are different people with different needs. There is a danger that the new standards will be used to insist on standardisation. For example, the minimum standards when recruiting managers are: two yearsÂ¹ experience of managing in a relevant care setting in the past five years, and (by 2005) a Level 4 NVQ or equivalent. Well, IÂ¹m a very well experienced and trained manager of residential