ISLANDERS over 18 who need care at home have access to an approved list of care providers for the first time.
The move means that care at home (known as domiciliary care) for those over 18, is now semi-regulated in Jersey, as The States of Jersey has established an approved provider framework (APF) for Home Care Services, which covers care at home to anyone over 18.
Deputy Director of Commissioning at HSSD, Derek Hoddinott said: “This is an important development for care within the home in Jersey and we recognise what a crucial part it plays in helping to keep islanders in their own homes, living independent lives, with the appropriate support, for as long as possible.
“Islanders can be assured that the APF is a list of providers who have demonstrated that they have the appropriate skills and experience to enable them to provide quality, safe and effective home care support for people in Jersey.
Access to high quality, safe home care means that Islanders can be supported to live independent lives in their own homes rather than being looked after in a residential home.”
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke said: “The development of the APF is an essential part of the work Health and Social Services is undertaking to transform health and social care for Islanders so it is fit for the future as Jersey’s older population continues to grow. We know that people want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, and this first step into regulated home care means that everyone can find out about providers easily, and allows peace of mind for families of people who need home care. Regulation like this can help stop poor practice and assure high quality, safe services.”
Providers who are part of the APF are either fully approved or provisionally approved. There are currently 11 fully approved providers, and 2 provisionally approved providers.
- Fully approved:
This means that the care provider has met all requirements to be able to provide home care services to any person who has a care package approved by HSSD
- Provisionally approved:
This means that the care provider has met most requirements, but needs to improve certain aspects of their services. They can continue to provide care services to individuals receiving approved care packages that started on or before 30/06/14. However, the provider will not be invited to provide any new services as part of an approved care package until such time as it has demonstrated that it has met all requirements. When requirements have been met, the Provider will become fully approved.
The details of all of the providers, both fully approved and semi approved, are available at the Jersey Online Directory (www.jod.je) in the “Help at Home” section.
The APF application process is an annual process, and every provider will be eligible for re-approval subject to satisfactory outcomes of one planned and one unplanned inspection visit each year and any additional visits as required.