Care home report shows council’s care commitment

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Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has published a report outlining its commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of service delivery in care homes for older people across the region.

The report summarises the work of an officer member working group tasked with reviewing the quality of care home provision in the Borders and identifying proposals for improvements.

The group was set up at the request of the council’s Social Work and Housing Committee following presentation of a paper in June which provided an overview of the quality of care in the Borders. Members asked that a working group was formed to develop pro-active approaches to the quality of service delivery.

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s executive member for social work and housing said: “The report we were given last year was extremely helpful in terms of an overview of the care home service being delivered at that time. We heard of a number of examples of good practice, including effective processes in place to monitor, advise and support any homes should difficulties be identified. However, some re-occurring themes and issues were identified, including quality of environment, management and leadership which we were keen to see addressed.

“I am pleased to note the report the Executive Committee has today approved contains recommendations and a plan that not only addresses our initial concerns but sets out no fewer than 23 actions that will be taken forward over the next 12 months. Along with our key partners our priority is to ensure that older people in the Borders are given the highest standards of care possible and I believe this report is clear evidence of our commitment to that.”