More standards make less sense

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

In his first two articles, our new columnist John Burton considers the odd language used in the draft standards for Care Homes for Younger Adults, and the purpose of the National Care Standards Commission. Did you make a response to the draft standards for Care Homes for Younger Adults? Have you even seen them? If you haven¹t, it may be too late now because the brief consultation period has closed. The standards had all the signs of being cobbled together at the last moment. The document wasn¹t ready to go out for consultation ­ it should have been returned to the people who drafted it in the first place, so that they could edit, polish and redraft it. To work, the new standards have to make sense to ordinary members of the public ­ to residents, relatives and staff ­ and unfortunately these draft standards are not well written. Although I understand why “Younger Adults” has been chosen for the title, people in their 50s and 60s are quite obviously not younger adults. So here we have one of those impre

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