Secret Checks on Care Homes

It has been revealed on 10th December that inspectors are to swoop to carry out secret checks that 15 care homes and hospitals are treating dementia patients properly.

The Care Quality Commission unveiled the strategy as G8 leaders prepared to meet in London to discuss for the first time how to deal with a “dementia epidemic”.

More than 35 million people are suffering with dementia worldwide today. That number is set to triple by 2050. In England alone the number is set to double over  three decades from today’s 670,000.

The inspections will look at how services help patients both mentally an physically, at how movement between homes and hospitals can be reduced and how to minimise admissions and lengthy stats.

Judgements will be published locally, with a national report next May.

Davina Ludlow, of carehomes.co.uk said “While the vast majority of care homes provide the highest quality care, we welcome the review.

This all sounds excellent but as ever there will forever be rotten apples in the basket, as there always has been and forever will mostly go unnoticed. Even in today’s day and age loving relatives of sufferers will have that nagging feeling about the quality of care being given during their relatives decline. The pressure and lack of job satisfaction for staff and diminishing funding and cut backs will give this continuation. 

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