Quality home care provision in England is still an aspiration into the second decade of the 21st century. That’s the thrust of the ‘Close to Home’ report published today after a year-long inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Frankly, that’s not a good place to be but we seem to be moving backwards instead of forwards in terms of promoting quality care which adheres to human rights considerations. How have we, as a nation, found ourselves here? The report offers some insights and I’d say it is a vital read for anyone working in the sector or with an interest in the sector and the role that finances and private sector provision have on social care.
I read through the full report this morning and while being constrained by work commitments mean I can’t devote as much time as I’d like to analysis, I do want to pick up a few key points.
The introduction starts with a background and context of the inquiry explaining how the intended (or perhaps not) legal ‘safety net’ of the Human Rights Act (1998) does not cover home care agencies in way it did at the time that legislation was introduced.
Obviously being a long report, I just want to concentrate on a few issues.
Choice and Control – or where is this so-called ‘personalisation’ agenda?