Sunday 11 December 2011
Plans to "radically drive up" standards of social care in England to protect the elderly have been unveiled by the government.
They include an online "good care guide" to allow family members to rate and review care homes and providers.
Committees featuring relatives of care users will also be formed to scrutinise services that do not meet standards.
One of the ideas within these plans is the provision of ways to gather and publish testimonials and feedback from customers, creating a Trip Advisor For Care.
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: "Measures like publishing social care comparison sites and opening care services up to greater scrutiny will revolutionise the way people and their loved-ones choose their social care.
"It can’t be right that you can find out exactly what a hotel or restaurant is like, in just a short time searching the web, but people have so much trouble working out the standards of different care homes and home care providers - when that choice is so much more important.
He said as well as highlighting good quality care providers, "we’re intent on doing absolutely all we can to shine a light on bad treatment and raise quality for everyone".
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Choosemycare.com is the Trip Advisor For Care as we already offer this service, please read our blog post that outlines how our system works.