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Lack of dignity in many care homes

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An independent watchdog of care homes for the elderly has found extensive concerns.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection issued 155 statutory requirements to 51 homes - more than half of those inspected - and made 191 recommendations for improvements. Areas for improvement included care planning and staff training.

Despite some excellent examples of one-to-one attention and care, 21 requirements were given to 18 out of the 100 care homes to uphold people's privacy and dignity. Some poorly performing homes were kept under scrutiny and appropriate action taken.

Strong leadership 'vital'

Strong leadership was found to be vital in delivering good services with 41% of all poorly performing homes having vacancies for managers. None of the well-performing homes had vacant manager posts.

Inspectors said resources alone will not ensure quality care while inconsistencies of funding pose ‘major challenges to recruiting well-trained staff’.

The inspection of 100 care homes - 10 of which were owned by local authorities - provides a worrying insight as most were previously providing good or adequate services.

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