Changes to the national Health and Social Care Standards in Scotland will put Anne’s Law into practical effect while legislation is being prepared.
The new standards set out the expectation that people living in care homes should have the right to see someone who is dear to them, even during an infection outbreak, and be able to name a person or persons who can directly participate in meeting their care needs.
The new standards, which form part of compliance, are as follows:
- If I am an adult living in a care home and restrictions to routine visiting are needed to prevent infection, I can nominate relatives/friends (and substitutes) to visit me. My nominated relatives/friends will be supported by the care home to see me in person day-to-day and to be directly involved in providing my care and support if that is what I want
- If I am an adult living in a care home, I can nominate relatives/friends (and substitutes), who will be supported by the care home to be directly involved in providing my day-to-day care and support if that is what I want
The new standards, which will be incorporated into law in the National Care Service Bill due to be introduced by the end of this Parliamentary year, follow a public consultation which found overwhelming backing for Anne’s law.
Edith Macintosh, interim chief executive of Scotland’s Care Inspectorate said: “Meaningful contact must be included in personal care plans, with clear strategies in place for staff to support it. This includes people experiencing care from those close to them when that is their choice.”