All care & some responsibility

By Joanne Black In Commentary

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25th March, 2006
Alistair Shepherd says he would rather be lined up and shot than put into a rest-home. The 84-year-old's bleak view of the standard of residential care for the elderly is based on his wife's situation. She has advanced Alzheimer's disease and has uttered only a few words since she fell five months ago in the dementia-care unit of a rest-home, breaking her hip and fracturing her skull. His main concern is cleanliness and hygiene in the hospital wing, where he says many of the residents are incontinent and left too long in soiled clothes and chairs. He also believes that a lack of staff ...

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