Care homes 'need sufficient funding'

Posted on 09 February 2011

Care homes must receive sufficient funding to allow them to promote good nutrition and hydration, a campaign group has said.

Daniel Blake, policy development manager at Action on Elder Abuse, suggested that there needs to be a "joint statement of agreed principles" when paying for care.

"Hydration within care homes is of critical importance ... It is especially important for older people in care homes because of the associated health risks," he added.

Mr Black went on to say that just serving tea and coffee is not enough, as this can lead to further dehydration.

In a recent article published in the Independent, chairwoman of the Care Quality Commission Dame Jo Williams warned that financial pressures could "weigh very heavily" on quality issues due to public sector cuts, which could lead to people seeking new long term care plans.

Dame Williams said there is likely to be less money to go around to spend on training staff, maintaining buildings and activities for residents.

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