Don’t overlook the authority homes

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

|Former care homes inspector Trevor Sandell suggests that the NCSC should devote more time and resources to inspecting local authority homes| Residential care in all its forms retains a key place in the overall provision of care for vulnerable people and there are countless examples of individualised and sensitive services in residential settings. It has to be admitted, however, that residents can be in a very exposed position and “at risk” and it is the job of everyone involved to reduce this risk and prevent anything untoward happening. An effective external inspection system is one way of achieving this goal and although its effectiveness can be over-rated, it is still a vital part of the overall process of quality assurance, particularly if it earns credibility with care home owners and managers and has “teeth”. As a former inspector of residential homes I was always frustrated by the lack of a “level playing field” in that care homes owned and run by local councils could not be compelled to achieve minim

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