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CQC publishes map of care home ratings in England

February 2016

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates standards in care homes in England.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates standards in care homes in England.

It has now published a map by which existing and prospective residents and their families can easily identify which homes in their area have met the good and outstanding standards and which are considered inadequate or requiring improvement. The map links through to the relevant inspection report.

For obvious reasons residents and their families should have regard to this information when choosing a care home.

This map is also useful for families to consider when looking at the issue of a top up for their relative's care. A top up can only be charged if there is another home that can meet the needs of the resident at the council's price. Families should ensure that the home which the council is stating is suitable has a good or outstanding rating. It would be unreasonable to expect a resident to be placed in a home rated inadequate. Whether it is reasonable to place in a home requiring improvement may depend on a consideration of the inspection report but such a suggestion on the part of a council should certainly be treated with scepticism.

If the only care home with a good or outstanding rating costs more than the council rate, it is certainly worth requiring the council to justify the basis upon which it considers that there is suitable accommodation available at their usual rate.

Link: CQC - Map of care home ratings in England 

 

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February 2016

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