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Residential Care : The Regulatory Framework: Can it Help or Hinder Your Client?

The Government believes that entering residential or nursing home care should always be a positive choice. (Caring for People 1989)
Community care is about changing the balance of services and finding the most suitable placement for people from a wide range of options. It is not about imposing a community solution as the only option, in the way that institutional care has been the only option for many people in the past. (Making a reality of community care, Audit Commission 1986)

1 September 1998

Residential Care - The Regulatory Framework: Can it Help or Hinder Your Client?

"The Government believes that entering residential or nursing home care should always be a positive choice." (Caring for People 1989)
"Community care is about changing the balance of services and finding the most suitable placement for people from a wide range of options. It is not about imposing a community solution as the only option, in the way that institutional care has been the only option for many people in the past." (Making a reality of community care - Audit Commission 1986)

Those two quotations are still relevant when considering the issues of residential care.

For many older people, and indeed for many younger people suffering from a disability, residential care may ultimately be the only option. For, although the ideal in community care is to maintain people in their own homes, the reality, whether because of the high dependency of the...

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