Residential care 'generally good'

Posted on 01 September 2011

People choosing a care home will be heartened to hear that one care home provider has said most residential care is of a good standard.

Mike Parsons, founder of Barchester Healthcare, said that residential care has improve vastly over recent years, and is generally good.

He welcomed the efforts of Graham Mulley, the Emeritus Professor of elderly care at Leeds University, who wrote a positive article on the subject, which was published in the British Medical Journal.

He wrote that while media reporting on care homes is rarely positive, some 86 per cent of homes that admit residents supported by local councils were rated "good" or "excellent" in the latest report from the Quality Care Commission.

In addition to reporting poor standards, the media should pay attention to long term care success stories, maintained the expert.

This follows comments from David Penney, of Invest Southwest, who said that older people who want to remain in their own homes are increasingly using equity release to fund their care.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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