asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidance his Department gives local authorities on the operation of institutions for the care of the elderly, particularly in the provision of leisure opportunities for residents and residents' rights; what steps are taken to ensure compliance with this guidance; and if he will make a statement.
General guidance on the operation of residential homes for the elderly is contained in circular 87/48. Guidance on the provision of health care to residents was issued last year under cover of local authority circular (77)13. Additionally, the Personal Social Services Council published a report entitled "Residential Care Reviewed" in 1977 and sent copies to all social services authorities. Copies of the circulars and of the report are available in the Library of the House.Local authorities are responsible for the management of their residential homes. My Department's regional social work service is constantly in touch with local authorities and provides professional advice and guidance as required.Our recent discussion document "A Happier Old Age" has asked for suggestions on ways in which the quality of life of elderly people living in residential homes might be improved.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if there are minimum standards laid down for the training of staff working in institutions for the care of the elderly; and what steps are taken to ensure compliance with these minimum standards.
Guidance on the training of staff engaged in the residential care of the elderly is included in a memorandum issued last year under cover of LA circular 77(13). Training needs will depend on the nature of the responsibilities carried by various levels of staff and the employing local authority is responsible for ensuring that the staff are appropriately trained. The discussion document "A Happier Old Age", which we published recently, seeks comments on how training provision might be expanded.