Parthian shots often hit the mark
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”. www.bristolpost.co.uk/bristol-care-home-closing-because-of-ridiculous-bureaucracy-and-no-support-says-owner/story-29586489-detail/story.html#ixzz4GRbg0Q3J
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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