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Report Demands Review of Elderly Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Report Demands Review of Elderly Care

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The social care watchdog has called for the government to review national standards for older people's care, after a study found that over a quarter of agencies were flouting rules on minimum standards.

According to the Commission for Social Care Inspection, in some cases agencies providing care to older people in their own home complied with just 52% of the relevant national minimum standards.

Basic requirements over staff recruitment were the rules most commonly disregarded, and concerns persist over training and procedures around administering medication to care users.

'It is clear that the existing framework of national minimum standards for domiciliary care needs to be reformed to focus much more strongly on outcomes for people who use those services,' said CSCI chair Dame Denise Platt.

The majority of home care (71%) is provided by private agencies, with 17% by local authorities and 9% by the voluntary sector. The NHS provides just 1%, but had the highest level of compliance with core standards (80%). Private agencies had the lowest level of compliance at 70%, while councils and the voluntary sector had levels of 72% and 77%. …

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