Nightly noises annoy
JEF SMITH considers a recent report on the quality of night-time care
Ask anyone who’s been in hospital recently for their pet hates and I suspect that disdainful doctors, mixed sex wards, and uneatable food score about equally; residential care homes have their own versions of each of these in managers who won’t listen, various forms of lack of privacy, and the food (again). But there’s another frequently advanced criticism which homes and hospitals share – night-time noise. This of course is a by-product of the top gripe – doctors, nurses and care workers who carry out their dark hours duties as if the establishment existed for their benefit not that of the consumers.
Fresh thoughts have recently been produced on this and related issues in Supporting people in care homes at night, a publication from the consistently excellent Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Project workers studied three homes in Scotland, and found that “unacceptable levels of noise and light” featured prominently in night time regimes. People in homes may not be