News round up: Care for elderly at home exposed as shameful

    Care for elderly at home exposed as shameful

    Concern is growing over the expansion of home-based care for the elderly after apparent neglect, poor standards and numerous breaches of regulations were disclosed.

    An investigation by the BBC’s Panorama found evidence that appears to show old people being left alone for many hours because of missed or shortened visits, untrained staff using potentially dangerous equipment such as hoists, and agencies failing to make criminal record checks on staff.

    Read more on this story in The Times

    Joan Bakewell: Care for the elderly is meant to be about sympathy, not money

    It is what we all hope for. To enjoy our final years living in our own homes, among familiar things, not only the worldly goods but also the memories that cling to the place we know.

    We hope that when our time comes, some system will be in place that brings sympathetic and well-trained people to our homes, visiting at agreed times, bringing care and comfort, and whatever medical attention we will need.
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