The future of residential care
As new models of care begin to develop, JEF SMITH plays devil’s advocate and asks where the care home sector is headed
When Dr Clive Bowman, BUPA Care Services’ medical director, spoke at the annual Counsel and Care conference in February, he gave his address the provocative title Care homes: providing more solutions than problems. He did not unambiguously condemn homes as dysfunctional – he works after all for a company with a major investment in the industry – but his candid exploration of some of the downsides of residential care echoed many more radical critics. By contrast, Professor Roger Clough, who has spent much of his adult life on research into homes, has been so upset by their declining reputation that he recently set up a project specifically to explore why many residents claim to be very happy.