10:53 27 February 2013
A recent survey conducted by Alzheimer’s Society and the King’s Fund has found that 70per cent of adults in the United Kingdom are afraid to end up in nursing homes due to the risk of abuse and due to poor treatment.
The survey revealed that half of the population is concern that their older relatives will suffer abuse if they go into care homes. On the other hand, two thirds believe that there is nothing much being done in order to address this.
The report also found that more people in care homes suffer from severe memory problems than previously thought. It was believed that only 62per cent were affected with this ailment but statistics confirmed that it is 80per cent.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive Alzheimer’s Society said that although most care homes provide basic necessities to older people, very few go extra mile to ensure that their lives are enriching.
He added: “When you walk into an excellent care home it’s full of warmth, activities and interaction.”
“But between these best examples and the worst, which often dominate headlines, there is a forgotten scandal of people with dementia who are failed and left living a life that can only be described as ‘OK’.
“Society has such low expectations of care homes that people are settling for average.”
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