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We must learn from residential homes dilemma

THE announcement that residential care homes will remain open is good news for everyone. The voices of residents and their families have been heard and appropriate action taken.

Allowing residents to live the rest of their lives in the place of their choice is exactly what they told us when we visited homes and spoke to them.

However, residents and their families have been put through months of unnecessary worry and stress through the lack of clarity and inadequate communication. This must never be repeated.

Elderly people must be treated with dignity and respect. People are now asking a very valid question: Will residential homes allow new admissions?

Lessons must be learned from the residential care homes dilemma, where people have been left questioning the validity of Transforming Your Care (TYC) itself.

Reassurance must be given to patients and families through involvement in the planning and delivery of their future healthcare. The service must provide the public with opportunities to fully engage and the public must then avail of these opportunities.

Leaders and decision-makers in health and social care must have a clear vision of the future for residential homes and all other area of health and social care. This must be shaped by patients and families. Everyone agrees that, in theory, TYC has merit, but people need to see clear benefits before it is fully embraced.


Chief executive, Patient and Client Council

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