Figures from the Campaign to End Loneliness indicate there are 800,000 people in England who are chronically lonely. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today discussed this problem at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) conference.
Treatment of the elderly in the UK is a cause for concern. We could learn much by emulating the (mythical or otherwise) Asian culture of reverence and respect for older people, wherein residential care is seen as the last rather than the first option. There were 112,000 cases of alleged abuse in care homes referred by English councils in 2012-13, mostly involving the over-65s.
Jeremy Hunt to highlight plight of ‘chronically lonely’ people. London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2013.
Whistleblowing: Lisa Martin (Orchid View)
The effectiveness of Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been questioned after awarding the Orchid View home (at Copthorne, near Crawley) a “good” rating in 2010; a year before it was closed down.
Orchid View inquest: Home riddled by ‘institutional abuse’. London: BBC Health News, October 18th 2013.
Orchid View care home scandal review ‘not enough’. London: BBC News Sussex, June 9th 2014.