Wor­ry­ing when you read about poor care homes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

DUR­ING Novem­ber, I plan to visit a num­ber of care homes in my con­stituency. When peo­ple make the choice of mov­ing into a care home, rather than liv­ing in­de­pen­dently, it may be trig­gered by a gen­eral de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in health.

It is not al­ways a choice which is made to a plan, but comes about be­cause the per­son re­alises it is dif­fi­cult to con­tinue to live in­de­pen­dently.

There will be those who can draw on the help of fam­i­lies or car­ers, to meet their in­creased needs for care, but this may not al­ways be pos­si­ble. The choice may have to be made so that the in­di­vid­ual can have the care and support avail­able from a res­i­den­tial home.

We have a range of ex­cel­lent care homes in South Buck­ing­hamshire, where peo­ple have ac­cess to good per­sonal care and where there are net­works so that GPs and hos­pi­tals are geared up to meet the med­i­cal needs of the res­i­dents.

It gave me con­cern to read the find­ings of a re­port pub­lished by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) in mid-Oc­to­ber, which re­viewed care for peo­ple with de­men­tia. It con­cluded that peo­ple who move be­tween care homes and hos­pi­tals risk re­ceiv­ing poor care.

That is a wor­ry­ing is­sue and I am sure that con­stituents who have looked at this study will share my view that the risk must be re­duced, with a con­sis­tent stan­dard of care for all pa­tients.

The CQC has the task of reg­u­lat­ing and in­spect­ing health and so­cial care and is build­ing up knowl­edge of how to meet the needs of those who are liv­ing with de­men­tia. It is right that they should, so that the in­di­vid­u­als con­cerned, their fam­i­lies and their car­ers know that they are re­ceiv­ing the best treat­ment.

The Health Sec­re­tary pointed out re­cently that the NHS is driv­ing up stan­dards, by mak­ing sure that staff get the right train­ing and by mak­ing the nec­es­sary adap­ta­tions to wards.

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