Alarming Amount of Care Homes Rated "Inadequate"
A study carried out last year has shown that an alarming amount of care homes across the UK have been rated as "inadequate", with some performing even more poorly in certain areas of the country.
The Quality Of Care Homes In England
The quality of care homes in England has always been a concern, especially in more recent times with cuts to social care services. A study conducted by the charity Independent Age found that one in four social care services were rated 'Inadequate' or ''Requiring Improvement'.
When looking at the data on a more local level, it can be seen that 30 to 40 percent of homes across multiple local authorities throughout the entire of England were rated as 'Inadequate'.
When focusing on specific regions, we can see that in the North West up to one in three care homes fall into the inadequate category. The figure stands at one in five for London and the East of England.
Who Are The Care Quality Commission?
The study called upon publicly available Care Quality Commission (CQC) data.
The CQC is an Independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Their primary goals are to ensure health and social care services are made available to people with safe, high-quality care. They do this primarily be taking a register of all care providers to their conditions car be properly monitored.
Independent Age On Improving Care Homes
Independent Age went on to comment that there were methods available to improve the quality of care homes in the market, their proposed actions were:
- The Department of Health must use CQC data to understand what drives regional variation
- Local Authorities need to understand the causes of failure of quality and the drivers for variation in their in their areas
- The Government must address care home quality in their upcoming social care Green Paper
These could be difficult targets, as Independent Age also went to comment that social care is facing "a £2.6billion funding gap by 2019/20".
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