Scottish homes fail to meet regulations

Nearly half of care homes for older people and more than one in
three children’s homes breached at least one statutory regulation
last year, the Scottish Care Commission has found.

Some 45 per cent of the 908 care homes inspected breached at least
one regulation. Key problems related to protecting residents’
welfare, failings in personal care plans, poor record-keeping and
staff issues.

For the 36 per cent of the 158 homes for children and young people
which failed to meet the standards, the main issues were
record-keeping, facilities, complaints procedures and welfare.

Focus groups of children and young people revealed that two-thirds
were unhappy with some aspect of their care, and nearly half
believed they were not treated with respect. However, many said
they had received good support from staff, as well as improved
living environments and better opportunities.

Five out of six residents in older people’s homes were happy or
very happy with the quality of care.

Care Commission chief executive Jacquie Roberts said most providers
were delivering reasonable care, but added that those running homes
“need to recognise there is room for improvement”.

Tom McCabe, deputy minister for health, said it was “simply
unacceptable” that a significant number of care homes were not
meeting at least one of the required regulations. 

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