Ladyman lectures proven providers

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

|Comment by Richard Hawkins| Delegates at the recent annual Laing and Buisson Long Term Care for Older People conference were bemused to find that community care minister Stephen Ladyman felt obliged to lecture them on the unacceptability of “warehousing” older people in care homes. In a room full of the owners and managers of some of the finest care homes in the land, Dr Ladyman gave delegates a snapshot of his vision of the future. It is a quirk of political fortune that this former Pfizer employee should be listened to with such close attention by proven experts in long term care. Dr Ladyman¹s vision includes good quality care homes but his real enthusiasm is for extra-care housing. The real, practical, difficulties of building extra-care were ignored by Dr Ladyman in a burst of enthusiasm which included telling delegates that a doubly incontinent old person, blind and bed-bound could be perfectly well looked after in extra-care housing. As William Laing later confirmed, there are just 25,000 extra-care p

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