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Have some compassion for carers too

29 February 2012

Today sees the publication of a report by the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People. The media coverage is misleading. It says this report is another jeremiad on elderly care in this country. Actually it is nothing of the sort. It looks to the future, and suggests ways to improve care. Rather than being stentorian, the report asks for feedback.

Such skewed coverage by the media is unhelpful. While it backs the report’s suggestion that staff need to be more talented at caring, and better skilled, its portrayal of the caring profession as an unattractive, thankless blame game will surely turn good people away.

Caring is a difficult job. Few people can do it really well. Those at the front-line of service delivery need our encouragement and support to make the improvements which we would all like to see.

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