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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31st May 2014. You can also email
secretary to the Commission Jo Salter at at
email@example.com. for more information about the
Commission and its work during the year ahead.