Disabled and elderly home care: Crisis talks being held

Reported by the BBC today: click here for full report

“Care Minister Mr Lamb believes the current system results in poor care, low wages and neglect, and is warning that there could be an abuse scandal in this sector, as serious as the problems which occurred at Stafford hospital.”

I have to say I am not surprised. Home care has a fundamental and irrefutable flaw which is that home carers work effectively unsupervised. No amount of process can overcome this flaw. All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

For single people with dementia there is a second insurmountable flaw which is that they are mostly unable to provide accurate feedback about the quality of care, or take action if the care is poor or abusive.

For a long time now there has been an ill-informed dogma that it is always preferable for people to be ‘independent in their home as long as possible’. For so many people this translates into isolation, loneliness and crippling confusion and despair.

But of course it is cheaper….







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