Britain's care homes will need to pass "the mum test" if they want the seal of approval from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), according to fresh guidelines.
Inspectors will have to ask themselves if they would be prepared to leave their own parents in a care home before they rate it, the CQC said.
Care home standards have been undergoing a complete overhaul after a number of scandals showed vulnerable residents abused by the very staff meant to be looking after them.
The mum test is part of the CQC's new handbooks on care home standards which have been produced after an extensive eighteen month consultation.
Specialist teams, including trained members of the public (called Experts by Experience), will inspect services, unannounced, against what matters most to the people who use them – testing whether they are safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs, and well-led.
The CQC will then rate these services as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate so that the public has clear information to help them make choices about their care.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission said the new regulatory model "has people right at its heart".
Care minister, Norman Lamb said the new guidelines "marked a turning point" for the way people were cared for in the UK: