New required training programmes for care workers

Following a series of scandals involving the mistreatment of often-frail pensioners in both NHS hospitals and private care homes, proposals are expected within weeks detailing national minimum standards and basic requirements for care givers. As the number of older people is expected to double by 2030, the potential for more abuse and neglect is a growing fear. Liberal Democrat care minister Norman Lamb told the Telegraph that “it was not acceptable that there are no clear standards of the training that must happen in a care home,” and said “I want minimum training standards to apply across the board. This is often quite intimate care: dressing someone, getting them out of bed, bathing them, so this is really important.” Advocates hope that by creating standards and training programmes,  the chances will diminish of loved ones being looked after by someone who is not qualified.

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