The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is once again getting ready to join in with the enthusiasm and support for the annual Care Home Open Day event taking place this year on Friday 17 June.
Over 150 CQC inspectors and other staff members visited participating locations on Care Home Open Day last year, and as the regulator of adult social care, CQC is looking forward to doing it all over again in 2016 where the theme is ‘celebration.’
As well as giving people the chance to visit their local care home, Care Home Open Day is also an opportunity to meet with CQC inspectors and other staff members who will be on hand to answer questions about CQC’s work, the quality of care residents have a right to expect, and the information that CQC provides.
CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Andrea Sutcliffe, said: “Along with many others, I really enjoyed visiting different care homes during Care Home Open Day last year. But the best care homes know that connecting with their local communities and enriching the lives of their residents it is not just a one day in the year effort – it is an everyday of the year commitment. That’s what we want for everyone living in care homes and already exists in the best services we see.
“Visiting your local care home will help you meet dedicated and committed staff, treating people living there with dignity and respect and supporting them to experience as positive, independent and meaningful life as possible. The majority of care homes are like this and I hope Care Home Open Day will give everyone the opportunity to celebrate great care and act as a further incentive for other services to improve.”