Care home crisis – 4 in 10 Care homes not fit for purpose

Care home crisis
A recent article published in The Daily Mail has reported that social care is in such a critical state that four in ten homes fail inspection and watchdogs have reported that of the 5,300 care homes investigated, 2,000 were found inadequate or in need of improvement.

This leaves patients and residents vulnerable and risk; inspectors have told The Daily Mail that they found the elderly ‘”filthy and starving” while others were locked in their bedroom and given the wrong medication.

However, despite these failings being highlighted, the Care Quality Commission has only managed to successfully prosecute five homes in the past two years.

In fact the The Daily Mail’s audit of reports published by the watchdog show that:

  1. 38 per cent of care homes failed inspections this year;
  2. More than half of those run by big firms including Bupa were said to be failing;
  3. 9,000 vulnerable people are in homes that do not meet the basic safety standards
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, responded to this by declaring that significant improvements would be expected.

An Ofsted-style system is used by the CQC to inspect adult social care services and homes are rated as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Of 5,361 reports published this year, 38 per cent received the ‘inadequate’ rating, with only 86 homes given ‘outstanding’ . These statistics clearly illustrate that the situation is getting worse.

The CQC published a major report last year suggesting that out of 14,900 care homes, 22.5 per cent were failing. Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the CQC, said that despite the majority of services being good, there is too much poor care and she insisted that “this has got to change”.

This ill treatment towards the elderly is unforgivable and things need to change before the situation gets out of control.

Currently, anyone caring for vulnerable adults require a full Enhanced DBS check that has been regulated for the adult barred list. Under no circumstances should anyone be allowed to work with vulnerable people without the correct criminal record check. People working within care homes in roles that are not classified as ‘caring’ such as domestic, maintenance and kitchen staff only require an Enhanced DBS check with no barred list check.

At Care Check we strongly believe that all people working in care homes should be eligible for an adults barred list check, however, government legislation does not allow this and would deem it unlawful.

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