It is good news that the Quality Care Commission has announced it is to inspect home care services, and even better that they will focus on how people who use the services are respected and involved. Most care recipients prefer to stay in the own homes for as long as possible, but all too often this means their social interaction is minimal and they become isolated. It is imperative that carers looking after people in their homes appreciate their vital social role and that they are encouraged to engage with their clients.
MindDice is one tool which can facilitiate real dialogue between carers and clients to make home visits more of a pleasure for both parties.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission report highlights how the poor treatment of many older people is threatening their human rights. While it is quite proper that the QCC themed inspection should focus on the need to keep people safe, it should not lose sight of the need to look at how the quality of care can be improved so older people don't feel abandoned and forgotten in their own homes.