“Couldn’t Care Less”

Over the past few weeks the press has been full of articles about the poor quality of care for older people who still live in their own homes.    Visited by a succession of often unfamiliar faces, rushing through a treadmill of tasks of daily living:-

  • Getting people out of bed
  • Getting people washed / showered if there is one / a bath is out of the question
  • Getting people breakfast – no full English breakfast here / toast at the most
  • Ensure medication is taken

Write it all down in the “no-care” plan and go onto the next client.  Oh and do it in 15 minutes!

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The obvious question to ask is who is to blame for all this?  The first person in the firing line is always the carer who is running around like a headless chicken from client to client.  But they are just following the impossible schedule that is given to them by their employer.

The employer is usually a domiciliary care agency but the funding for much of their work is provided by Social Services who know only too well that there is inadequate time allowed to deliver high quality care and also that the finances only provide for minimum wage employees, many of whom will not be adequately trained in caring.  So maybe Social Services should be blamed?

From a Social Service viewpoint, the total amount of money they have available is severely constrained by Central Government at a time when there are more and more older people needing care and support.  This financial equation is never going to work and will always mean that resources are stretched too thinly and quality care takes second place, even if it is provided at all.  Successive Governments have been well aware of this looming situation for many years and yet all politicians refuse to face up to telling the electorate that the majority of older people will have to pay for their own care.  This lack of leadership, courage and honesty leaves older people with false hopes and forlorn expectations.

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3 Responses to “Couldn’t Care Less”

  1. Sobering Thoughts, and indeed a step into the unknown! Who if anybody is to blame maybe is society in general? and the way the older voting population, is managed policically by the power hungry younger generation? Have we got what we deserve?
    It is a complex question or set of questions! A little more later when I have had time to consider my future and what I would wish for myself, with pockets that depend on the State for some asistance? If any is available?

  2. Alex Robinson says:

    You ask “Who is to blame for all this?” as if someone is at fault. Surely the issue is that families are no longer geared up to look after our older members as was usual in the past. We assume that the “government” or “system” will pick up the pieces. One could argue that our (IE older) generation have created/encouraged this situation by the way we have lived our lives and brought up our children. “Look after number one” is basically the mantra and it has come back to bite us.

    As davdwfreeman237 above observes “we have got what we deserve” and what we deserve seems by society (IE us) to be 15 minutes of caring per day. Perhaps rather than pouring more resources into keeping us old-timers going we should direct effort at educating our children about the need to plan for a future where we recognise the need to care for our own parents and other relatives/friends and find fulfilment in so doing? Today’s generation of people in employment have been brought up (by us) to believe that fulfilment is measured in the posession of physical items.

  3. I am here again with further thoughts? maybe? I like enterprise and initative, with a dose or grounding of socialism. As a family in good times I try and aim to support those in bad times with time and where possible a helping hand financially. Reflect this in society, and those that can afford pay a little more in to the state coffers to help those who cannot help themselves.
    However this is not an endless procession of monies from the good to those in need! We need realisation that a kindness paid however it is done is a debt! One need to repay that debt to ones fellow society in good times.
    We appear to have developed a society in which one in need ‘demands what is required’ and it it is a human right? and those that give time and aid have to give more? where is the social balance? All of our thoughts and deeds need to be a common gaol and a shared objective to enhance our society and families into a more forgiving and less demonstrative set of ideals, and as Alex quotes it it is the education and social skills of our younger generations (The children of tommorow), which we need to address as the parents of today.

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