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I currently work in a Care Home but I am considering moving to Care at Home, is it different from a Care Home?

Dear Senga,

I currently work in a care home , but I am considering moving to Care at Home as the idea of looking after people in their own homes really appeals to me. Is it  different from a care home? Any advice would be grateful

 

Hello Margaret,

 

Good Luck in your forthcoming interview.

 

In relation to care delivery, in both services the principles are the same:

 

  • dignity and respect
  • compassion
  • be included
  • responsive care
  • support and well being.

 

The Health and Social Care standards are applicable to all services therefore it is very similar.

 

The Care Inspectorate have recently released an excellent document for Care at Home staff which is called, “You are our eyes and ears” this will be very useful for you to keep and refer to during your visits. You will find a copy here.

 

Alternatively, you can contact the Care Inspectorate and they will send you a hard copy.

 

There are differences specific to Care at Home such as “no reply from service users home” however these areas would be covered during the induction process.

 

I hope this reassures you.

 

Senga

 


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Senga Currie is Head of Care Development (Scotland) at QCS, she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a registered mental nurse and registered general nurse for 38 years, working in various areas within the NHS, community nursing, the field of addictions and the private sector. With 21 years of experience working with care homes, starting as a nursing sister and moving into roles of home manager, regional manager, care services manager and regulation manager.

Senga will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Senga cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the Care Inspectorate Scotland.







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