Parthian shots often hit the mark

Posted on August 8th, by geoff in CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson

Last week the Bristol Post ran a piece about a care home owner who says “the rising tide of bureaucracy and a lack of support from the authorities has forced her to close”.

Owner/manager Elizabeth Laycock has run the the 10-bed Bradley House, which is set to close in September, for the past 20 years. Now Ms Laycock says she has simply had enough of the exhausting bureaucracy needed to run even a small, family-orientated care home.

While this kind of story is familiar enough to us in the care sector, Ms Laycock and the Bristol Post both deserve our praise for bringing the despondancy and disillusionment of an increasing number of smaller operators before a wider audience.

This is not the usual ‘poor care’ fare so often served up by the national and regional media. This is a story about a good small care home whose owner has become tired and disheartened by having to fulfill the requirements of the Care Quality Commission without being diverted from the core task of providing good care. Ms Laycock is to be commended for her moral fibre in saying as much to her local media.

Other care owners who may be about to throw in towel could do the care sector a huge service by submitting a farewell statement to their own local and regional press, outlining their reasons for calling it a day. They may want to add their thoughts about the long term affect of this ongoing attrition of care home places on their local communities.

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2 responses to “Parthian shots often hit the mark”

  1. John Burton says:

    So much for the “mum’s test”. This is the unfeeling destruction of people’s home – a real home – and of all the hard work and commitment of the owner/manager and her staff team. We should all be ashamed that we let this happen by going along with the expensive, bureaucratic nightmare that is CQC and the overlords/ladies of social care, steadily driving out community and relationships that should be at the heart of care and substituting 100-bed care factories.
    I spent a day in an even smaller home in County Durham recently. For five men it is home and family. One resident has been there 20 years and the newest 9 years. They are part of their neighbourhood. The caring relationships and sense of family/community are palpable. Everyone recognises this, but CQC and the local authority are closing it. They can’t pass the CQC paperwork exams. Yet, thousands of people are still trapped in Winterbourne View style Assessment and Treatment Units, costing the public seven times as much. Tragic, stupid and costly.

  2. Roger Wharton says:

    I am very worried that 20 to 25 bed care homes and smaller are below the critical mass to be self sustaining simply because of the overregulation and its attendant cost; it is disproportionate and a sad indictment of the way in which regulation has developed over the last 5 years or so. Sadly, many more will close over the next few years simply because they cannot afford to carry on. I don’t know how many care homes are under 25 beds but my guess is that it is as substantial figure. They provide such a valuable personal service and it would b tragic to see the loss of employment, the broken hearted owners and not least the residents, all of whom have to go somewhere perhaps NOT of their choice.

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