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Council receives highest evaluation in Care Home Review

Published: 18/05/2015

Flintshire County Council has received the highest level of evaluation in the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales’ recent Care Home Review. The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, recently published a report ‘A Place to Call Home?’, following her review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes across Wales. It was the biggest review of its kind ever undertaken in Wales, and the report sets out requirements for action to ensure that quality of life is central to the delivery of residential and nursing care. In the report, all local authorities in Wales have been allocated seven specific requirements for action, which include ensuring that older people have a voice and quality of life in their care homes, including opportunities to retain existing friendships; that there is access to specialist services if required and that staff undertake dementia training as part of the ongoing development of this vital care home workforce. In all seven recommendations, Flintshire County Council’s response received the highest rating level from the Commissioner. The category ratings range from the highest (‘acceptable’), to ‘partial’ and ‘unacceptable’. Councillor Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services, said: “This is an excellent endorsement from the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. Flintshire County Council values its relationships with local care homes within the County, and we have long invested time into working together to look after our older people. The Council is committed to our partnership working with care homes and with care home managers in particular, and I am pleased that that commitment is being recognised.” Full details about the report can be found at