Starting a Residential Care Home

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Residential care homes provide long-term accommodation and personal care for elderly people, typically aged between 65 and 85 or over, who are no longer able to live independently. Residents usually receive help with personal care, and most residential care homes also provide social activities.

Health and social care providers, including residential care providers, are strictly regulated in order to protect service users' health, safety and welfare. Residential care homes and their proprietors, managers and staff are subject to the registration requirements of the Care Quality Commission in England, or the equivalent regulators in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, and regulators of the social care profession itself, such as Care Council Wales. The care home proprietor must also ensure that they meet national minimum standards covering the premises, facilities and services for residents, medication management, record-keeping, and consent and safeguarding.

To comply with regulations and national standards, residential care homes require a range of staff, including at least one registered manager, kitchen staff, cleaners and carers. Appropriate numbers of suitably qualified staff must be on-site at all times.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a residential care home. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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