Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
Dom Care Agency from Home
To open a domiciliary home care Agency do I need an office or can I work from a home office?
If I need an office outside home, can I use a serviced one? Also what are the policies and regulations I need to comply with?
Thank you for your question.
There is a lot of useful information on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/apply-new-provider
You can have the office of your intended business in your own home but you need to be very conscious of security. In my opinion you will need a room designated as the office and this room should have a lock on the door. You will have confidential information about both service users and staff in the office so you should also have a lockable and fire proofed filing cabinet of some description. You should also complete a risk assessment about security.
You will need to have in place before you apply for registration the appropriate policies and procedures.
You may want to write them yourself but you may also like to look at specialist providers of policies, procedure and forms for instance Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) have such a system for Domiciliary Care providers. Look at their website www.ukqcs.co.uk/
You will see that as well as the information about the system you can ask to have a free trial.
I hope all goes well for you.
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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.
Sheila 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 Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.