Inquiry into home care of older people

Our inquiry into the protection and promotion of human rights of older people in England who require or receive home-based care and support.

Carer helping older woman © oscar williams - Fotolia.comAbout the inquiry

Find out more about the inquiry, its background, our objectives and what we achieved.

Nick Johnson, advisory group memberVideo interviews

Watch videos of four of our external advisory group members, explaining the importance of the inquiry.

Find out about the inquiry

Your rights to home care 

Guidance that explains in simple language what you should expect from a home care service that respects human rights.

Guidance on human rights for commissioners of home care

Human rights guidance for local authority elected members and staff who are involved in the commissioning and procurement of home care.

Close to home report

Read the full report or the executive summary

Close to home review recommendations

A progress report detailing what local authorities and other key players have done in response to the Close to home recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the inquiry.

Principles for good home care

Read our principles for a human rights based approach to delivering home care.

Related pages

Major win: Lords amendment to Care Bill 

The Care Bill has been amended in the House of Lords at the Report stage to clarify that the Human Rights Act 1998 extends to regulated care services. The Commission’s briefing was used to support the bill’s amendment. See our briefing here

Care and Support

Find our related work on care and support including the report 'From safety net to springboard' and recent research into personalisation and advocacy in social care.

The Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that individuals in the UK have access to.

New training event for home care providers


Free seminar exploring human rights and older people's home care. Register for the event here.