A hidden scandal

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By Jane Cook, committee member of the Care Management Group of the Institute of Management When caring for people with dementia we know that we must start from the viewpoint that it is not the person who is a problem – it is their behaviour. In refusing to acknowledge that there is a financial cost involved in changing this behaviour, I contend that, as a society, we are encouraging, condoning and knowingly causing an enormous amount of unnecessary suffering to frail elderly people and their carers. I believe that the abuse which has already been discovered is but a tiny fraction of that which occurs. Why? Because we will not pay the price of proper care. I have watched the problem escalate as more and more is expected of people with fewer and fewer resources. The amount of money available to fund the care of elderly people has steadily decreased since 1993 while the numbers of frail elderly and their behavioural problems have steadily increased. I have observed over the past 10 years that we have become ver

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