Real people, not residents

Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, Caring Times letters. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2014

I write in response to “It ain’t necessarily so” in March’s Caring Times – brilliant.

I’ve always said if I was a resident I would not co-operate with care plans (I’ve never had one before so why start?). I would handle my own medication, my own appointments etc. I wouldn’t even tell them who my GP was unless I needed them to know. People – yes real people, not residents, not clients and definitely not service users – have lived 80-odd years with nobody knowing very much about them and now all of a sudden all the staff know all sorts of things about them, even what their motions look like!

I would live my life my way. Get up when I want, go to bed when I want. Eat what I like. And as for reporting or signing in and out, forget it. If I can’t be found perhaps I don’t want to be.

By the way, I try to run my home by this philosophy but unfortunately we have something called Contracts & Compliance who are doing their best to destroy good, meaningful care. Our last CQC inspector was brilliant and could see exactly where we were coming from, but unfortunately had to “go with the flow” with what is considered good practice.

– Proprietor/manager, East Anglia

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