Seven home-care services in Yorkshire and Humber fail to meet standards, CQC inspectors say
A Care Quality Commision (CQC) report has shown that seven home-care services in the Yorkshire and Humber are failing to meet quality and safety standards.
Inspectors say out of 24 home-care services in Yorkshire and the Humber, 17 are meeting the expected standards - but seven have been identified by the CQC as "needing to take action".
The CQC report was published today (February 13, 2012) and 2,321 people were using the services at the time of inspection.
The review of home-care services began in April 2012.
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More than 700,000 people above the age of 65 across the UK, rely on home help for activities such as washing, dressing and eating.
But the Care Quality Commission found evidence of rushed appointments and botched assessments during its review of 250 services.
Campaigners said it was a sign of how much pressure the system was under.
On Monday, ministers announced plans for a £75,000 cap on the amount the elderly will have to pay for social care in England - only the poorest get it free.
The proposal aims to stop the elderly having to sell their homes to pay for care.
But the move will do nothing to get extra money into the system, something the sector believes is vital if the quality of services is going to be improved.