A struggle for independence

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

Independence is often not a priority in assessing older people’s care needs. According to the United Nations, “older people should be able to live in environments that are safe and adaptable to personal preferences and changing capacities.” Les Bright of Counsel and Care looks at how this can be achieved within a residential setting. Few older people freely make the decision to be looked after in a residential care home, and even fewer choose to end their days in a nursing home. More frequently such decisions are the product of others’ assessments of an older person’s capabilities and the likely risks in continuing to live independently at home. Leaving behind a house or flat – once shared with a partner, and perhaps also children in the case of a long-standing home – may be yet another loss, following on from the death of a loved one, loss of mobility, or other physical or mental skills. It can be especially traumatic because it further underlines those other losses. Residential care and nursing homes do no

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