Environmental standards: beware of complacency

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

|Andrew Sidwell stresses the importance of keeping on top of general maintenance| Not all care homes are at the right end of the maintenance/refurbishment spectrum. This is perhaps unsurprising, given the general improvement in trading conditions in the elderly care sector, the disappearance of some competition, and the relaxation in the environment standards under the Care Standards Act 2000. Care home owners confident in the future prospects for their businesses are investing in upgrading the accommodation and will reap the rewards. Some home owners, however, are neglecting improvements, and even basic maintenance, to their homes, follow the Government¹s U-turn in policy. This strategy (or absence thereof) is not limited to individual proprietors, but also includes a few major groups. There are a number of reasons for this complacency, or perhaps conscious economy: 1) Reduced competition from “the disappeared”, so operators may feel under less pressure to enhance the quality of their facilities. 2) Reduced

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