Needless fear and doubt about care homes

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

By DR RICHARD HAWKINS, Editor-in-Chief of Caring Times and The Journal of Dementia Care

I have often heard the care home sector described by government ministers and others as paranoid.

This word implies a fear or distrust which is irrational, yet the New Year brought a perfect example of why the sector has every reason to feel distrustful of others – in this case the national media.

The lead front cover story for the Guardian on Wednesday 6th January read ‘Care homes forcing elderly to have feeding tubes fitted so that they can be artificially fed if they want to be admitted to a care home, a major report warns today’. Similar stories were repeated by other national newspapers and at one stage the story was the third most frequently accessed on the BBC News website.

So what was the ‘major’ report that shed such compelling light onto the devious efforts of the care home sector to maintain occupancy in their homes. Oral feeding difficulties and dilemmas: a guide to practical care, particularly towards the end of life was published by the Royal College of Physicia

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