Failing care homes could be could be put into a similar failure category as poor-performing hospitals, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce.
Mr Hunt will say that most of the hospital trusts that were put into special measures a year ago have shown significant improvements.
From October more care services across England will now face a "tough" new inspection regime, he will say.
The services that are rated inadequate face being put into "special measures" and if they fail to make improvements following this they could be shut down, he will add.
Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.
The family of a brain-damaged man have spoken of the "horrendous" abuse he went through at the hands of two healthcare workers.
A male relative told ITV News the case "frightens you for everybody that's out there now" who might not have a family to support them in such cases.
The family of the man, who has not been named, installed a hidden camera in his clinic to film the behaviour of the two care assistants.
Rita Page and Lynette Crook are facing jail after pleading guilty to five charges relating to abuse at the facility in Bury in Lancashire.
The pair_ _were warned by the judge at Bolton Crown Court that they could expect a custodial sentence over their treatment of the man, who has not been named.
The families of the elderly dementia sufferers who were abused by care workers at Hillcroft nursing home said they did not "take any pleasure" from today's outcome and added that they were still waiting for an apology from the perpetrators.
The statement added that they were "still waiting to receive formal apologies" from the four care workers sentenced today.
They also added that it "disappointed" them that Gemma Pearson would not serve jail time her role in the abuse at the care home.
Carol Moore - The care team leader was found guilty of one count in which she struck a resident on the unit for people with "challenging behaviour". The court heard she walked up to the victim and slapped him after a complaint was made from the man's wife about a lack of activities at the home.
Darren Smith - The 35-year-old admitted eight counts of ill-treatment in which he threw bean bags or balls at eight residents.
Katie Cairns - She was convicted of three charges including stamping on a victim's foot, throwing bean bags at another male and mocking another.
Gemma Pearson - She was convicted of attempting to tip a resident out of his wheelchair and was told that if she had succeeded, she would have been sent to jail.
Hillcroft nursing home residents were mocked, bullied and tormented by four care workers because they would have no memory of the abuse.
One man had his foot stamped on deliberately, another was nearly tipped out of his wheelchair and the vulnerable victims were pelted with bean bags and balls at their heads "for entertainment."
In November, Carol Ann Moore, 54, Katie Cairns, 27, and Gemma Pearson, 28, were found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court of ill-treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity.
Darren Smith, 35, from Lancaster, admitted ahead of the trial eight counts of ill-treatment in which he threw bean bags or balls at eight residents of Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster.
All the offences spanned from May 2010 to September 2011 and related to seven men and one woman, all aged in their 70s or 80s - the eldest was aged 85.
Four care workers took part in the "gratuitous sport" of abusing dementia sufferers which highlighted Hillcroft nursing home's "weak and inadequate management", the judge at Preston Crown Court said today.
He added that the offences committed were "an indictment" on Hillcroft nursing home management.
Four care workers who ill-treated elderly dementia sufferers at a nursing home in Lancashire have been sentenced to:
- Darren Smith sentenced to eight months in prison for badly treating dementia sufferers.
- Carol Ann Moore was jailed for four months.
- Katie Cairns was sentenced to five months in prison.
- Gemma Pearson was given a 12 month community order with supervision and told to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.