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Wednesday 28th November 2012 | 00:01
Local Government Association press release
Commenting ahead of Health Secretary Jeremy's Hunt's expected proposals to introduce an 'Ofsted-style' rating system for care homes, Cllr David Rogers, Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said:
"People rightly expect to be able to make informed choices about the services they use, and care homes are no exception.
"The lack of information around the quality of residential care has resulted in a confusing world for people at what can already be a difficult time of life. Providing greater clarity would undoubtedly provide much needed assurances for those who are naturally looking for the very best care and support in old age.
"Councils understand that ratings are important to drive quality and have used these in the past to pay premiums to the very best care homes. But for a rating to be reliable and trusted it also needs to be current and reflect the true picture of the level of service a care home provides. This means ratings would need to be provided regularly, and certainly be no more than two years old.
"For assessments to reflect a true picture they should also take into account the information that is already available, the views of people who use the service, and information form local authorities and other organisations involved in providing care."