This quality standard covers care and support for older people living in their own homes (known as home care or domiciliary care). It covers people aged over 65 using home care services, and may also cover some people under 65 with complex needs. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover intermediate care, short-term reablement, or younger adults and children using home care services.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards