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Setting the Standards for Home Care:

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The New NICE Guideline – See more at: http://www.careshow.co.uk/Content/Setting-the-Standards-for-Home-Care-The-New-NICE-Guideline/14_56/#sthash.IiccYFSv.dpuf

With more people living longer, it’s predicted that the number of people in England aged 65 or older will rise from 1 in 6 (16.3%) to almost 1 in 4 (23%) by 2035. The demand for effective home care services is set to grow, and in response to this, NICE has published its first guideline for the social care sector to promote high-quality home care services for older people.

The new NICE guideline says that a ‘one size fits all’ service is not the best way to provide good home care. Instead, it advocates a ‘person-centred’ approach where the needs and wishes of the individual are heard and respected. The guidance is evidence-based and defines a quality home care service which can give families peace of mind and help local authorities and home care services understand what best practice looks like.

NICE recommends that home care providers should:

  • Ensure services support the aspirations, goals and priorities of each person, and that they and their carers are treated with empathy, courtesy and respect.
  • Make sure support focuses on what people can or would like to do, not just what they can’t do.
  • Prioritise continuity of care by ensuring the person has the same home care worker or workers so that they can become familiar and build a relationship.

Other recommendations include supporting home care workers, from training and development to giving them enough time to do their job properly.

To find out more about what the new NICE guideline on home care says, and to learn how it applies to your own organisation, register for free and come along to my session: Implementing the new NICE homecare guideline at Care & Dementia Show,  3 November at 10:15am.

Bridget Warr

- See more at: http://www.careshow.co.uk/Content/Setting-the-Standards-for-Home-Care-The-New-NICE-Guideline/14_56/#sthash.IiccYFSv.dpuf

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