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Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People


The Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People acknowledge the unique and complex needs of each individual residing in a care home. They stipulate the minimum requirements for the facility to operate a care home as well as the required knowledge, skills and competencies needed by management and staff to ensure care homes deliver quality services. The underlying principle upon which the Standards are based include person-centred care, dignity, privacy, physical and mental wellbeing, self-fulfilment, autonomy/ empowerment, equality, and the right to complain and right to legal recourse.
The Standards also advocate care homes to promote a culture of Active Ageing in the Care Home consistent with Malta’s Strategic Policy for Active Ageing. The mission of care homes should go beyond the traditional concept of ‘elderly care’, shall enable residents to realize their full potential for physical, social, and mental wellbeing, whilst also providing an environment where residents are enabled to engage in productive activities, and a healthy, independent and secure lifestyle.

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NMS_ENG.pdfMinimum Standards - English
NMS_MT.pdfMinimum Standards - Maltese