This project, by Steve O'Kell at the School of Health Studies, University of Portsmouth, examines the issues surrounding quality, qualifications and regulations in the residential care sector and concludes:
- To cope with the rising dependency level of residents, care assistants in many
care homes are having to undertake significant amounts of nursing care tasks;
- organisations providing residential and nursing care are re-examining the role of care workers and the tasks performed by care assistants;
- Concern regarding the quality of care and potential for client mistreatment within residential care is increasing.