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Care commission to visit Scottish care homes

Care commission to visit Scottish care homes
5th August 2008

The Care commission has launched an initiative to examine the way medication is administered to elderly patients in care homes in Scotland.

It is to make unannounced visits in conjunction with the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland at 30 care homes, the Press and Journal has reported.

According to the news provider, director of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland Dr Donald Lyons has said such visits are useful for obtaining an accurate picture of the service offered in care home provision.

He commented: "These visits will provide an opportunity for us to focus on how well individual needs are being met within services and how well practice on the ground works to promote individual rights."

Dr Lyons added that Scotland has a strong track record in the development of policies which protect the rights of vulnerable sections of the population.

Last month, the deputy manager of a Barchester care home in England told the Guardian newspaper of her pride in the "stimulating and home-like" environment it provided for residents with dementia.

She was referring to a specialist hub which has been developed by staff for people living with the condition at the Barchester Threshfield Court care home.

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