Making some less equal than others
All-purpose care homes may trample on the rights of minorities, says BOB FERGUSON
A suggestion made in the paper that paved the way for the national dementia strategy wanted all care homes to ‘demonstrate that they can provide good-quality care for people with dementia’. In the event, it didn’t make the final document, but the mindset that produced it hasn’t gone away.
The aim had been to ensure that every home that claims to be capable of caring for people with dementia could actually deliver. The across-the-board sweep of a design to rescue one group of residents from a twilight world threatened to plunge others into darkness. Its impl