North Yorkshire Home Care Company sees Home Care Outperform in CQC Report
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Published 29 November 2012.
The Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) released its annual State of Health and Adult Social Care Report last week which provides an insight into findings from its inspections of health and social care services during 2011/12. Given the growing population of elderly people and increase in complex conditions such as dementia, the report highlights the need for more specialist care services. The report also shows that home care services are demonstrating higher levels of compliance than the residential care and nursing home sector.
There are 8.7 million people over 65 in the UK today, of whom 1.2 million are aged over 85. As the population ages, there is a concurrent rise in health conditions for which age is a key factor, such as dementia. Over 800,000 people are now living with dementia, and 1 in 3 people over 65 will develop dementia in the future. More people are also living with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease and respiratory diseases.
In response to these pressures, there has been an increase in the provision of care at home and other types of services have been introduced such as extra care housing and short-term nursing homes (to replace extended hospital stays). At the same time, the number of residential care homes registered with the CQC has fallen by 2.5%.
Regarding compliance, the domiciliary care sector performed well relative to the care and nursing home sector. Some key performance measures included:
- Respecting and involving people who use services: 95% compliant (vs. 85% for nursing homes and 93% for care homes)
- Safeguarding: 90% compliant (vs. 83% for nursing homes and 88% for care homes)
- Staffing: 90% compliant (vs. 77% for nursing homes and 84% for care homes)
- Complaints handling: 92% compliant (vs. 94% for nursing homes and 95% for care homes)
In order to ensure that care services can meet the demands of our aging population in the future it is considered that there will need to be a greater focus on high quality care in the home, alongside more specialist residential facilities such as specialist dementia care homes and nursing homes.
To review the latest CQC report for Carefound’s home care service: Click Here.
Source: Carefound, Care Quality Commission.
Carefound is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in North Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services provided include basic help in the home,companionship, personal care, medication help, post-operative rehabilitation, respite care and specialist help such as dementia care and palliative care. The flexible service ranges from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, including bank holidays, and can also encompass 24-hour live in care services.