The majority of people want to stay in their home, even if they are starting to find things a little difficult.
We want to help you to continue to live in your own home, as independently as possible, for as long as possible. This can mean having help with getting up in the morning, washing and getting dressed.
It could be 24 hour live-in care, or the provision of respite breaks for regular carers and short-term support following hospital discharge.
Check the links below for local home care providers.
You can also search for home care providers on NHS Choices (link opens in new window).
Finding home care in your area
- Ampthill / Flitwick / Marston Moretaine and surrounding areas (known as West Mid Beds locality)
- Biggleswade, Arlesey, Stotfold, Shefford and surrounding villages (known as Ivel Valley locality)
- Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Toddington, Caddington and the surrounding villages (known as Chiltern Vale locality)
- Leighton Buzzard, Stanbridge, Eaton Bray, Health and Reach and surrounding villages (known as Leighton Buzzard locality)
How providers are selected
All our providers on our framework have demonstrated commitment to quality and value for money and have undergone market testing through our tendering process.
How is quality evidenced
All our providers receive an annual compliance visit by the Contracts Team from Central Bedfordshire Council. This ensures that the quality delivered to our customers meets the standards stipulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Council and we look for evidence which demonstrates the following outcomes for service users:
- Standard 1 – Involvement and Information
- Standard 2 – Personalised Care and Support
- Standard 3 – Safeguarding and Safety
- Standard 4 – Suitability of staffing
- Standard 5 – Quality of Management
The scores are broken down into the following percentage categories. We are pleased to report that we do not have any homecare providers that fall into the 'Poor' category. View the up to date scores (PDF 210.3KB) .
- Excellent (95%)
- Good (78%)
- Requires Improvement (65%)
- Poor (<65%)
We also consult with all customers ahead of each compliance visit and send them a confidential questionnaire to complete with their families/relatives to ensure that customer feedback forms part of the review and overall score.
As part of the contractual agreement with Providers, they also have to use a call logging system called CM2000. The Quality portal is designed to rank providers based on a group of requirements set by Central Bedfordshire Council. All Providers are expected to use this tool.
This system measures the following areas:
- length of stay
- planned visits delivered
- continuity of care
- CM2000 compliance
This information is published by CM2000 each month. View the monthly performance (link opens in new window).
About the Call Monitoring process
The agreed call logging rate for Central Bedfordshire Council is 85%. This means that at least 85% of all calls must be logged in the client’s home.
Punctuality is based on the arrival time of the visit versus the planned time. The customer must state within how many minutes the actual entry time must be of the planned time.
Length of Stay
Length of Stay is based on a percentage amount of the visit the Carer must complete in order to be compliant. This will only count for under delivery of a visit and over delivery is not included.
Planned visits delivered
'Planned visits Delivered' is based on the percentage of completed visits with planned times against all planned visits (i.e. it includes missed visits). Any actual-only visits (i.e. no planned time) are excluded.
Continuity of carers
This is the numbers of carers that may visit a service user during the course of a week. This number will vary depending on the number of care calls for a given care package.
If Providers are not logging in the client’s home then points for non-compliance are deducted from overall monthly performance score. This ensures that we have greater transparency about the times carers are expected to arrive and stay for all calls.
As explained above, all Providers have demonstrated value for money through the tendering process. View the services and quality they offer (link opens in new window) and prices for all categories.