Notwithstanding the continuous challenges care homes have faced over the last 20 months, this winter is likely to be one of toughest periods the sector has faced for some time.
The mounting challenges, ranging from dire staff shortages to an overhaul in Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, have made the prospect of inspections extremely daunting given their primary focus is to assess safe care.
It has never been more pressing for registered managers and owners of care homes to get their house in order. With the pandemic forcing the CQC to move regulatory processes online, the criteria for inspections have fundamentally changed.
In order to avoid falling foul, care homes need to ensure they are addressing the CQC’s five key inspection questions. Are they safe? Are they effective? Are they caring? Are they responding to people’s needs? Are they well-led?
This will initially be more time consuming for homes which are heavily pap