Lack of knowledge about dementia mars home care services, says regulator

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1027
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Some staff who provide home care for older people in England lack important skills and training to enable them to deal with mental health issues such as dementia, finds a new report.

Overall around a quarter of home care providers do not meet all five national standards of quality and safety, concluded the health and social care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a report published on 13 February.1

The report gathered findings from inspections of 250 domiciliary care agencies providing at-home support and care to around 26 500 people aged 65 or over in England.

The CQC gathered views from …

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