Fresh Plan to Care More

Central Bedfordshire Executive councillors have endorsed a fresh plan to raise standards of care and increase the choice for its customers.

New Quality Marks are coming in to drive up standards in residential homes providing care to council-funded customers. Homes will be rated either excellent, good, adequate or poor.  Those homes rated excellent will receive the highest fee whereas poorly rated homes will not be considered for new placements. Council funded customers will be able to chose from available care homes and will be able to decide where they live based on the quality rating of the home and their preferred location.

The first accreditation and incentive scheme, the Dementia Quality Mark, is in the final stages of development and will be rolled out in early 2013. A further scheme for other homes will follow.

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing says, "We look forward in the future to delivering and influencing greater choice and quality of care support including the Council's plan to build 50 extra care sheltered units by 2014. This increased choice is particularly important for people who have high levels of care needs which are better provided in a care home setting."

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillor, Susan Goodchild, representing Houghton Hall, "Whilst I appreciate Central Bedfordshire Council's commitment to support the most vulnerable and frail members of it's population, it is important that existing customers continue to be supported through changes to current arrangements, and will continue to receive the care of their choice, while these new services are put in place"