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NICE publishes guidance on social care for older people

23rd September 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance that aims to help raise the standard of social care afforded to elderly patients.

It represents the regulators' first guideline for the social care sector to promote high-quality home care services for older people, and comes at a time when demand for such services is set to grow.

The purpose of the recommendations is to move away from the one-size-fits-all service approach in favour of treatment that supports the aspirations, goals and priorities of each patient, and ensures they are treated with empathy, courtesy and respect.

Continuity of care will be prioritised by ensuring the person has the same home care worker, while it is recommended that home care visits should last at least half an hour in order to ensure the proper quality of care is being provided.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director for health and social care at NICE, said: "Helping a person remain as independent as possible is an important component to maintaining their wellbeing. Without good support, older people can suffer from social isolation, malnutrition or neglect."

During 2013-14, 470,000 people used home care funded by local authorities in England, with almost 80 percent of them being at least 65 years old. This figure is set to rise in the coming years as the population ages.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801801280-ADNFCR

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