How come care homes have become seen by the media as symbols of neglect, contempt and dehumanisation?
Heartbreaking reports of indifference and abuse leave us overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, rather than inspired to make a difference.
How come the good work that goes on in care homes day-in, day-out is largely unnoticed and not shared?
An increasingly frail poplation are entering care homes much later in life with complex health needs. Care homes workers are underpaid, undervalued, and unsupported for the challenging work they do in looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
There is an urgent need to support care homes in their challenging role and to continue the work that My Home Life has begun.
We know that the best way to achieve the change we need is to work together, to celebrate and share what we are doing well, and to work on what could be even better. Even the smallest actions can make a difference – not just for those living, dying, working and visiting care homes now – but for everyone, for the time when we each come face to face with frailty that needs great care.