Solicitor Lianne Lodge comments on reports of poor standards in care at home for elderly Scots.
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associate at Pagan Osborne and Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, writes:
I write in relation to last week’s article Care at home for Scots is branded a national disgrace.
Some of the examples featured in the report are absolutely appalling and, as Nicola Sturgeon has said, ensuring the elderly receive a high standard of care must be a top priority.
Over the course of their lifetime, most elderly people will have contributed significantly to the economy and will continue to do so. However, it is their turn now to expect society, which they have given so much to, to return the favour.
However, what I think the report didn’t so was highlight some of the fantastic work a number of care at home services provide. There is no denying there are a lot of problems out there, but there are also a fantastic amount of positives. There are many care at home services who not only deliver ‘care’ to their clients, but truly care for them and their health, wellbeing and happiness.
It is important that, whenever possible, people investigate and plan for their or their family’s caring needs. The current malpractices cannot continue and those providing these services must be monitored closely and not allowed to treat people in this way. People must be made aware what the alternatives are and the real care at home gems that we do have in Scotland.
Associate, Pagan Osborne and Member of Solicitors for the Elderly
Queen Street, Edinburgh