A medical negligence solicitor wants a review of English care homes to be considered after the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales revealed too many people living in care homes have an ‘unacceptable’ quality of life.
Robert Rose, a partner at Lime solicitors, says he wants to ensure that elderly people are not being alienated from society.
The Welsh review found that in some cases, elderly people in residential care and nursing homes were suffering because of a ‘one-size fits all approach’ to the care they received. The older people’s watchdog also reported that many individuals felt they were unable to do things that matter to them, which was having a damning effect on quality of life.
The problem is not just isolated to Wales. The Care Quality Commission in its annual report found that one in five care homes inspected in England had too few staff on duty to ensure patient safety and good quality care standards were met.
Robert Rose (above) said: “With increasing budget pressures on the NHS, it is important that elderly people do not fall through the net as a result. Ultimately, these latest findings have told us we need to put patient care first and a similar review in England which forces public bodies and carers to take action can only be a good initiative.
“Unfortunately, we see far too many elderly people in residential care that feel their basic needs are not being met. In my experiences of dealing with cases where an elderly person has received poor quality of care, a lack of resource often comes into question.
“We do not want to see more care homes closing because of their failings. This will only stretch resources further and leave elderly people without access to all-important care. These latest reports show that some homes are already struggling to meet demands and less care homes means less access to care and more potential for negligence.
“An independent review into the care home sector in England is needed to pinpoint the institutions that are failing and address issues head-on such as the lack of nurses in the sector.”