English local authority powers, responsibilities and guidelines for managing the care home closure process

Williams, J.M. and Netten, A.P. (2005) English local authority powers, responsibilities and guidelines for managing the care home closure process. British Journal of Social Work, 35 (6). pp. 921-936. ISSN 0045-3102. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In England, the majority of older people living in care homes are publicly funded and the majority of publicly funded places are purchased from the independent sector. While the sector is subject to regulation, there is currently no statutory guidance aimed specifically at how care home closures are managed. This article reviews the powers and responsibilities of councils and the rights of residents during care home closures, before describing the prevalence and content of existing council guidelines. Just over a third of councils in England responded to inquiries and, of these, two-thirds reported having guidelines. This suggests that a considerable proportion of councils have no guidelines in place. Existing guidelines also varied. Differences included approaches to allocating responsibilities and providing help, and assessment to self-funding residents. The large number of arrangements and activities described suggest that some sort of plan or guidance is warranted to support the task of front line care managers. At the national level, the variation found in the guidelines combined with the lack of national guidance specific to closures suggests that clarification of councils’ legal responsibilities and powers during a care home closure is needed. Clarification of the role and responsibilities of the national regulatory body would also be useful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: care homes; older people; closures; social services; guidance
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:39
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 12:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27013 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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