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It's time for the care sector to start thinking 'technology' smart. Not just for the protection and safeguarding of our most vulnerable but for the professionals who value their reputation as good, conscientious led Care Providers. Our most vulnerable and their carers deserve no less

Jayne Connery
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Toddlers in care homes ... Is this masking the REAL problems lurking beneath our care sector?

12th September 2017 - 3 comments

'Toddlers in care homes'. Is this just another direction to mask the real problem lurking beneath the care sector? On our TV screens we see vulnerable elderly hugging and interacting with young children in care homes. Somewhat of an emotional distraction, however I'm not wholly against the idea. I receive many messages tagging me in heartfelt articles enthusing about the ' one off' documentary of toddlers visiting care homes and through its success is now being 'rolled' out - without a doubt their hearts are in the right place. Residents live with some form of dementia in care homes. I can say through witnessing residents behaviour and from many supporters telling us , those approached on the wrong day, even by the hour, placing a toddler in front of them would distress and agitate, especially if living with middle /late stage. Witnessed in my mums second Care Home a resident's grand daughter come to visit and like any five year old was eagerly bouncing around - one resident shouted at her and 'went' for the tot. The incident was dealt with but what would happen if it hadn't been?

Instead of ploughing time and probably finance into this venture, which I'm not against if strictly monitored, let's finance more stimulating activities for our elders in care homes - more journeys out from behind the four walls to which many have become institutionalised by and let's not begin to patrionise them by putting toddlers in their homes. This may shock many loving parents out there but believe it or not, not every person actually wants to be around toddlers for any length of time. Why not invest in quality of life for these residents by employing more activity co ordinators and days out with people of their own age /life experience with enough carers to accompany them, which, in many care homes, lack of care staff is the reason many do not venture outside and struggle with walking.

As someone spending years in care homes. I see this as a 'fad' another way for the public to be side tracked from the REAL problems facing our vulnerable elders and facing them AFTER the cute tots and cameras have gone home.

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Totally agree Jayne. Whilst some elderly people may enjoy a visit from a child in a care environment I doubt it's worth overall, particularly those elderly people who are suffering from mid to late stage dementia. In fact many might find it distressing, as they could likely confuse the children with their own children, this could potentially do more harm than good. I have seen animals e.g. Dogs brought into care homes to visit the elderly dementia sufferers. Many of the residents expressed fear and anxiety around them. I have seen the animals allowed to roam into dining rooms and bedrooms without hygiene being a consideration too.

Joanna - 12/09/2017

I agree with your brushing the real problem under the mat theory Jayne. I wonder if people taking their children would themselves be more aware and more willing to then speak out regarding care and well being of our elderly instead of being totally unaware of the goings on or lack thereof. Im all for highlighting anything to do with these care homes and their residents. My hope would be that they would have to be seen to be taking care of the old folk for fear of being reported by a toddlers parent etc. Keep challenging Jayne you see through these so called good ideas that us mere mortals don't. Lovely to speak to u ive been on holiday for a month with very little wifi so its a pleasure to find you doing what u do best. You're truly marvelous my luv xxxxx

Lynne - 12/09/2017

I agree with your brushing the real problem under the mat theory Jayne. I wonder if people taking their children would themselves be more aware and more willing to then speak out regarding care and well being of our elderly instead of being totally unaware of the goings on or lack thereof. Im all for highlighting anything to do with these care homes and their residents. My hope would be that they would have to be seen to be taking care of the old folk for fear of being reported by a toddlers parent etc. Keep challenging Jayne you see through these so called good ideas that us mere mortals don't. Lovely to speak to u ive been on holiday for a month with very little wifi so its a pleasure to find you doing what u do best. You're truly marvelous my luv xxxxx

Lynne - 12/09/2017

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