All 25,000 care homes in England are to be reviewed and rated, with those failing to make the grade at risk of being shut down.
Every care home in England is to be inspected and rated in a new drive to prevent abuse and neglect of residents.
All 25,000 care homes and homecare services will be assessed by the Care Quality Commission, starting in October.
And from April next year, those rated as inadequate face being put into special measures.
If they fail to improve care within a set time limit they could be closed down.