Care standards in the residential care sector

Steve O'Kell
1st Sep 1995

The growth in the number of people over 80 years old coupled with the increased level of clients entering residential and nursing homes is occurring at a time of significant change within local authorities and health authorities.

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.