Time for care home owners to vacate their comfort zone

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

Job insecurity is endemic in politics. No surprise, then, that care services minister Ivan Lewis should apparently be preparing for an alternative career in showbiz. The knockabout satire in the detail of his proposal to promote dignified living in care homes by throwing £67m at their physical environment would not be out of place as a plotline in TV’s political comedy ‘The Thick of It’. The word is, his first thoughts for the targets of these life-changing grants were such trifles as making gardens more accessible and smartening up décor. Now these are commendable aims but, for goodness sake, when exactly did they become touchstones of individual dignity? First things first; Mr Lewis should get his priorities straight and go after something more fundamental. As a starter for ten: how about eliminating the need for residents to share a bedroom with a stranger? I’m sure that would do much more for their self-esteem – day in, day out – than smelling the flowers or admiring the flock wallpaper. The

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