It ain’t necessarily so – a call for a change of heart from government

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

For the last couple of decades, during both Conservative and Labour governments, care homes have been subject to an endless quest for certainty. Politicians, policy makers and senior managers use the word “ensure” when what they really mean is “we’ll try to make it happen”. The belief is that bad practice can be eliminated by edicts and rules, and that good practice can be prescribed by policy. A care home is a living organism – a “social ecology” – made up of people and their complex, unpredictable and changing interactions (relationships) and a building with its furniture and equipment. Homes flourish when the conditions for growth and survival are right; they can’t be made to work well. The home exists within, as part of, and dependent on, the wider community. Care homes serve a purpose for society; without them, there would be social breakdown. Since its inception, the Welfare State has depended on the existence of care homes. On the face of it, the idea of a care home is a good one. At various points in

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