Killing me softly

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

With the Å’lighter touch¹ of regulation set to be swept away for all but adult placements, Bob Ferguson asks if this could spell the end of the line for the small care home. Size matters ‹ whether you go for big is beautiful or small is splendid. The differential was enshrined in law when the government of the day excepted homes for fewer than four people from regulation under the 1984 Act. Six years later, bowing to pressure, they engaged reverse and brought the so-called 3–bedders into the fold, but with a less rigorous inspection regime designed to reflect the domestic scale of the undertakings. The good old British compromise was alive and well and living in Westminster. Now the demarcation line is to be cut closer to the bone ­ no more than two adults will be able to live in an Adult Placement (A/P) arrangement, being cared for as part of the host family. All other homes will be required to meet exactly the same minimum standards, regardless of their size. Now I really can¹t think of anyone who wo

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