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New NICE Guideline: Home Care for Older People

By December 10, 2016 No Comments

NICE has published their first guidelines for the care sector on care at home…

29 September

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first guidelines for the health & social care sector to promote high-quality care for older people living within the comfort of their own homes.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director for health and social care at NICE, said “The need for support at home is something that is likely to affect many of us. As we get older, the majority of us will want to continue living in our own homes, surrounded by a lifetime of memories.” 

“Helping a person remain as independent as possible is an important factor to maintaining their wellbeing. Without good support, older people can suffer from social isolation, malnutrition or neglect. They may also be at risk of injuring themselves, perhaps from a fall or other accident, ifthey do not receive adequate help and could end up in hospital.” 

The NICE guideline for home care providers

  • Ensure services support the aspirations, goals and priorities of each person, and that they and their carers are treated with empathy, courtesy and respect.
  • Make sure support focuses on what people can or would like to do, not just what they can’t do.
  • Prioritise continuity of care by ensuring the person has the same home care worker or workers so that they can become familiar and build a relationship.

The NICE guideline also continue to push person centred care, rather than a “one size fits all” approach.

They guidelines also include recommendations to support home care workers, from training to highlighting the need for services to be no less than 30 minutes per home visit, so they are able to do their job to a high standard.

Recommendations have also been made for people who have a low moderate needs to recieve home support to avoid future dependancy or unnessacary hospital visits. 

For more information, visit the NICE website.