My post last week talked about the Daily Mail’s latest campaign to get people to clean up plastic rubbish. Now my local council in Daventry has just introduced a new system for rubbish collection designed to recycle just about everything and save the world. In the meantime, the County Council – Northamptonshire, has just about gone bankrupt, supposedly because of the rising costs of social care for older people and children.
I’ve got a suggestion for them. They could learn a lot about what to do with older people from the care and attention they have paid to introducing the new systems for rubbish collection:-
- The rubbish collections are still going to be done every week – how about if they called in on older people while they’re at it?
- The rubbish is going to be sorted tidily into separate boxes – what about clearly defining the needs of older people in the same way?
- The rubbish should be cleaned thoroughly before throwing it away – how about thoroughly looking after old people’s needs with the same attention?
- Finally, the rubbish is sorted into separate bins – what if having defined older people’s needs they then provided specialist support like homecare, meals on wheels, residential care and nursing care to those who need it?
- If you don’t comply with the council’s procedures for rubbish, you may well be fined – how about if the council were fined every time they don’t provide for older people’s needs?
If older people were treated with the same time and attention that local and central Government expected us to treat our rubbish, then maybe the system of social care could be reformed with the same energy and concern that is shown for plastic bags!