Putting ‘care’ before ‘standards’

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

|Geoffrey Atkinson OBE, chief executive of BEN – Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund shares some thoughts on the eve of his retirement| Imagine a Britain where old people can make informed choices about the way they live to meet their particular needs and desires. Many could stay at home with real care and companionship. Some might choose to move into sheltered or supported housing or residential accommodation where rather more help was on hand, and some might need or choose to be looked after in a nursing environment. One option could be continuing care communities where all of these facilities could be combined on a single estate. Husbands and wives and even adult handicapped children could live close by each other with nurses and carers providing for different levels of dependency. People could move from section to section as their needs changed and people living independently in the sheltered housing who had to have surgery in hospital could come home immediately for their post-operative care, receivi

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