"Clear need for rethink on care homes" following watchdog report

November 10, 2014 12:37 PM

A report released today claiming Welsh care homes are seen as places of "irreversible decline" shows the need for a rethink on care homes, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.

The report, published by the Older Person's Commissioner for Wales, claimed that many older people currently living in care homes lived an "unacceptable quality of life".

Aled Roberts conferenceAled Roberts, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Older People said:

"This report is yet another deeply saddening account of how older people are being let down in care situations in Wales.

"As the Commissioner says, the report does indeed make for hard reading, and it troubles me to think that frail, vulnerable people are in situations where they have little or no control over their day-to-day lives; even the chance to enjoy a chat at mealtimes has been reduced to a 'clinical operation', lacking the social interaction so many older people need.

"Care homes should reflect both 'care' and 'home', allowing residents to feel comfortable, secure and happy in their surroundings.

"This report shows that in far too many instances a tick-box culture has replaced the desire to provide thoughtful and considerate care.

"I will be supporting the Commissioner in helping to bring about the changes she has identified in her report and I will also expect the Welsh Government to be a part of the process."

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