CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CARE HOMES TREATING PEOPLE WITH
DIMENTIA IN UK
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LACK OF SUPPORTIVE STAFFS
UNORGANISED HOMES OR MISMANAGED ONES
LACK OF MEDICAL ATTENTION
UNSUFFICIENT CAPITAL OR FUNDS
PROBLEMS FACING BY CARE WORKERS
Now we are living in a ageing society. In 2001 the average age of British people where 31 and obviously it might have increased by now. That’s a message for all of us. Which says we will become a aged society in the recent future. This show the importance of care homes, in this society care homes are something which is really unavoidable may be cause of our culture or living way, so one day or other day most people have to go care homes or elderly homes or even at least to a residential home. There is one more big issue we must be concerned about. Dementia, studies show that there is a 20% chance to people of 60 or above to get dementia. So in this assignment I am going to have a look the problems facing by old people in care homes with dementia. Because of I had worked in care homes for more than 2 years with people having dementia, I had witnessed most of their problems mainly mentally and physically they are are suffering more than we can imagine. We can only find out what they are going through when only we have been in their state of mind at least only for one day. AND There are number of things which we must have concerned about them. 1. Physical abuse
2. Mental abuse
3. Time management problems
4. Lack of supportive staffs
5. Un organised homes or mismanaged ones
6. Lack of medical attention
7. Un sufficient capital(both in private and public funded care homes) 8. Problems facing by care workers
Now in UK physical abuse are big issues facing in care homes. As we seen in news papers there must be at least one case of physical abuse in care homes on everyday. This is a big concern for government and they are doing all they can to stop these crimes. But till now its going on. While saying about physical abuse it can be from caring staffs relatives of the patient or can be even from the managers as we seen in west Yorkshire and in Manchester. And there are hundreds of cases not reported or neglected. Their cases which the caring staffs physically abused or in some cases lead to deaths of the patients To stop these crimes there are certain things the management the government and the relatives of the patients can do.
a: Strong laws- when we are saying about laws the laws must be strong enough to protect the victims mainly, if the victims are venerable old people, who cant take decisions. The laws that give heavy punishments to the suspect that no one will dare to do such a crime.
b: Well aware and trained staffs- All the workers in the care home such as carers, managers even the domestic workers must be well aware how to treat a old person with dementia and make sure they are well qualified to do the job they are assigned to do. And training sessions must be given at least in every 2 months.
c: report- If anything happen, even small abuse must be reported to the home manager and he must take any necessary actions like report to the police or authority.
d: Monitoring- Using of closed circuited cameras(CCTV) will be efficient to avoid physical violence against patients. The people dealing with the patients both relatives or friends and carers will be aware that they are been watched and can prevent the physical violence. And somebody will say that this might be breach of privacy, the answer is safeguarding the vulnerable adults is the main concern.
Mental abuse is more serious and dangerous issue than physical abuse because of them is already suffering from a state of mental issue....
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