Have your say in the future of residential care

Think tank Demos has launched a commission, chaired by former care services minister Paul Burstow MP, to investigate the future of residential care. It has now published its terms of reference and is inviting practitioners, relatives, residents and other stakeholders to answer key questions about the future of residential care.

The Commission was formed to develop a new vision of residential care that would fulfill the demands of a new generation of care users. The Commission will also look at how existing residential care services could change to deliver the new vision drawing in good practice from here and abroad.

Over the next year, the Commission is initially calling on people to provide their views on the following questions:

  • How do you define residential care? Do you see extra care, retirement villages and other 'housing with care' options as different by definition? What makes them different?
  • What outcomes do people value when it comes to care and support (e.g. choice, control, independence)?
  • Can existing residential care (as you define it) deliver these outcomes? If so, in what ways? If not, what would need to change for it to do this?
  • Is there a difference between good residential care and other forms of good care? If so, what makes it different?
  • How will the role of residential care change in the future? What future role would you like to see for residential care?

The Commission will also speak to stakeholders including residents, their families and members of the public and a range of experts in both policy and practice to identify the direction in which residential care should and could develop. It is expected findings expected will be published in summer 2014.

If you would like to be part of developing this new vision for residential care, submit your responses to the above questions to no later than 31st May 2014. You can also email secretary to the Commission Jo Salter at at for more information about the Commission and its work during the year ahead.

Last Updated : 28 August 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.