Care of the elderly can take on many forms. It can be provided in a secure environment such as a residential care home or nursing home or in many cases a person may choose to have their care provided in the comfort of their own home. Specialist care providers exist that can tailor a care plan to meet the costs of care for individuals needs and adapt that care plan as care needs change.
Providers of home care are registered with the Care Quality Commission www.cqc.org.uk in England and Wales. The Care Quality Commission regulates the companies providing care services. They have specific criteria to meet on registration and will receive regular checks to ensure that they are maintaining standards. You are able to review the care providers report on the Care Quality Commission website.
In addition to this regulation the national professional association for organisations who provide care for people in their own homes is UKHCA (United Kingdom Homecare Association) www.ukhca.co.uk . They have a vision where a choice of high quality, sustainable community-based care is available to all. (more...)