Families are ‘flying blind’ when choosing a care home, says charity

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A leading charity has warned that families are “flying blind” when it comes to finding a care home for an elderly relative.

Independent Age was reported by The Times as saying that there is a vast gulf between the data that hospitals and care homes collect.

Information such as CQC inspection reports and whether there is a registered care home manager in place is available to families.

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But basic figures such as the number of residents who have had treatment for dehydration or how common treatment is for bed sores are seldom collected.

A poll carried out for the charity showed that half of adults believe that abuse or neglect of the elderly is common, while some admitting that their views were based on media reports and others from knowing a care home resident or staff member.

“Care homes need to start collecting harder and more reliable statistics to help identify when things are going wrong,” Simon Bottery, head of policy at the charity, told The Times.

He added: “The NHS is required to collect all sorts of data. There is also an annual NHS staff survey which asks if those who work there if they would have their families’ treatment in their hospital. It would be very useful to have something similar for the care sector.”

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