Care homes to receive 'excellence ratings'

Posted on 28 February 2011

People choosing a care home could soon be provided with "excellence ratings" to help them make the best decision, it has been revealed.

Under the scheme, nursing homes are to be rated on their staff training, activities for residents and quality of care, with only those homes that come up to expectations to receive local authority funding.

"Compassion, common sense, treating people with dignity and respect are not simply about spending more," said care services minister Paul Burstow.

He added: "We want to look at what's being done to add life to the years you're having rather than just adding years to the life you're leading."

The scheme will be optional to begin with, although those that do not submit to the test may lose their public funding.

The Care Quality Commission recently published two guides for those paying for care in England, providing information of changes to the way care is regulated.

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