Coming to terms with the upheaval of moving
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
A couple of weeks ago, after living for 16 years on the outskirts of a village in rural Dorset, my wife and I moved house – only about 10 miles to the outskirts of a regional town.
After all the turmoil of packing and unpacking, the nightmare of sorting out a new internet connection and roaming the neighbourhood at night in search of missing cats (they’re both back now, thanks) we’re inclined to say “never again!”.
But apart from all that, there is also a homesickness for the place we have just left – even without a spanner in the works, moving is still a big wrench. How much more distressing must it be for a care home resident when they are told, at a moment’s notice, that they have to pack their kit and kaboodle, their destination unscouted and unknown, and they having little or no say in the matter?
To my mind, emergency forced closure of care homes is much more than a spanner in the works – it rides roughshod over residents’ human rights and should be made illegal. If conditions at a care home are so bad as to make regulators even contemplate evicting the residents, then there is ample justification for the resources to be committed to parachuting-in an interim management team. Then, should it become necessary for a care home to close, residents are at least given time to come to terms with the coming upheaval in their life situation.
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