The CMA is providing advice so care homes understand their responsibilities under consumer law.
It follows the CMA’s
examination of the sector last year, which found that some residents
are at risk of being treated unfairly and recommended urgent action to
reform the sector.
The CMA has also published an open letter
to care homes, reminding them of their responsibilities under consumer
law and urging them to review the advice immediately. Care homes may
need to make changes to their contract terms and business practices as a
Working with its partners, such as Trading Standards, the CMA
will be conducting a review in 12 months’ time to assess how well care
homes are complying with consumer law. It may take further action before
then if it finds care homes are treating residents and their families
unfairly and breaking the law.
What care homes across the UK need to do to ensure they are treating their residents fairly, including
- what upfront information they should give to potential residents,
their families or other representatives and when (through websites, over
the phone and when people visit) to help them make informed choices.
This includes giving an indication of the weekly fees charged to
self-funders and highlighting any especially important or surprising
terms and conditions that will apply (such as any requirement for
residents to prove they can pay for their own care for a minimum period
- how to make sure contract terms and the way residents and their representatives are treated is fair
- how to handle complaints fairly and ensure their complaints procedure is easy to find and use