Towards a national system for continuing assessment in care homes

Professor David Challis, Iain Carpenter, Karen Traske

Assessment of elderly people in nursing and residential care homes is assuming increasing importance with a growing recognition of wide variations in the charging costs and quality of care required for individuals over time.

However, there is no standard system in place for continuing assessment to inform both the development of individual care plans and broader institutional management.

A study by a team at the University of Kent examined the role of assessment and addressed the potential for a standard assessment system that could be used in care homes on a nation-wide basis.