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Minimum standard for care homes

Minimum standard for care homes

All care facilities, whether these are strictly medical, or are residential care homes, are expected to provide a satisfactory standard of care. To ensure this happens in care homes, in line with the Care Standards Act 2000, national minimum care standards were introduced. This applies to adult care homes with residents aged 18-65, and older.

What are the minimum standards for care homes?

UK care homes must follow the national minimum standards in their country, which are set out by specific regulatory bodies to their area. According to The Health Foundation, the standards consists of eight themes. These are:

  1. Choice of home
  2. Individual choices and needs
  3. Personal and healthcare support
  4. Environment
  5. Lifestyle
  6. Staffing
  7. Complaints, concerns and protection
  8. Conduct and management of the home

The CQC in England have fundamental standards that must be met in order to be considered suitable. These are:

  1. Person-centred care
  2. Dignity and respect
  3. Consent
  4. Safety
  5. Safeguarding from abuse
  6. Food and drink
  7. Premises and equipment
  8. Complaints
  9. Good governance
  10. Staffing
  11. Fit and proper staff
  12. Duty of candour
  13. Display of ratings

Read more details about these standards here.


Who enforces the standards?

To ensure these standards are met, there are different governing organisations. In England, this is the CQC, Wales is the CIW, Scotland has the CI, and Northern Ireland has the RQIA. The minimum care standards are used by inspectors to determine the level of care and whether it is suitable.

Inspectors from these organisations regularly visit care homes in person to check compliance and provide reports. For example, the CQC publish their inspections reports and ratings on their website.

Your care

If you want to give feedback about your care facility, or give feedback on behalf of a loved one. You can give both good and bad feedback, or make a complaint directly to the care commission of your country.

If you want to give feedback in England, you can use the CQC feedback service here. 

Read more on minimum standards for care homes

Here is some more detailed information about minimum care standards across the UK.

The CQC in England

The CI in Scotland

The CI in Wales

The RQIA in Northern Ireland

The Health Foundation


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