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Care Homes: Families

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on family unit care homes. (156914)

The Government believe that care homes are only one of a range of options that should be available for supporting people with long-term care needs. The Government recognise that most people want to live in their own home for as long as possible. However, there will always be some people for who care in a care home will best suit their needs and wishes.

All care homes in England are regulated, registered and inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). CSCI regulates homes according to statutory regulations and national minimum standard, which apply equally to all, from small, family-run homes to large facilities operated by corporate providers.

We appreciate that some residents will prefer the family atmosphere of a small home, while others will be more comfortable in a larger establishment. It is for service users to choose the type of home they would prefer to live in.