Standards of treatment in care homes
have become an important issue following a number of widely-covered cases of abuse and neglect.
However, elderly care charity Counsel and Care emphasises that the majority of care home provision is of a good standard and the recent media coverage will only serve to improve upon areas of concern.
Charity chief executive Stephen Burke commented: "Remember that 400,000 people are living in care homes in this country at the moment - and the vast majority are getting a good service, are well looked after and have a good quality of care. That's the broader perspective."
Mr Burke pointed out that while controversies are bound to cause alarm, "the good thing that might come out of this is it might prompt people to raise the quality and standards of care in homes".
"It will make people more vigilant and perhaps more prepared to take the necessary measures [if they have a concern]," he added.© Adfero Ltd
Care of the elderly news : 12/06/2007