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Care homes to be put in spotlight; REVIEW IS ORDERED BY RIGHTS CHAMPION.

Byline: TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

AROUND 100 residential care homes in Wales are to be visited by a review team as part of an inquiry into standards and quality of life for older people.

Residents, their friends and families are being urged to share their experiences as part of the review ordered by Sarah Rochira, the Older People's Commissioner.

Evidence will also be taken from care providers, staff and public bodies in the exercise which will assess physical and psychological health, social relationships, the care home environment and spirituality.

Ms Rochira said: "I have spoken frequently about the many excellent examples of health and social care in Wales and the many dedicated staff in both the public and private sector.

"However, I have also spoken publicly about what I consider to be unacceptable variations in the quality of life and care of older people in residential care.

"I have been clear that we fail to keep too many older people safe and free from harm, that too many older people are not treated in a compassionate and dignified way and that, for some, their quality of life is unacceptable."

The review would highlight the best of care but also illustrate the impact that poor quality of life and care has upon the lives of older people, she said.

The Welsh Government's upcoming Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill will for the first time put safeguarding older people on a statutory basis.

The commissioner intended to publish 'clear recommendations which the public bodies subject to my review will be expected to comply with'.

Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, said the independent sector was disappointed that the commissioner did not included a provider expert on the main advisory panel.

"In Wales, around 80% of people in a residential care home, including those who need nursing care, are publicly funded. The system does not promote or reward quality. The amount of funding provided by local authorities and local health boards is not sufficient and should be addressed as part of the review."

Ms Rochira said: "It would be inappropriate for Care Forum Wales to be represented on my Advisory Panel as they represent the legal bodies that I am reviewing. However, there will be ample opportunity for Care Forum Wales, and all the bodies that I am reviewing, to provide evidence to me."



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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Oct 15, 2013
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