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Residential Care

Residential care is no longer a simple description of what happens to some older people when they can no longer care for themselves.  It is a complex concept involving individuals, their carers, their families, their funders and their communities; it involves many different kinds of need and support services; and, not least because it frightens people.  It frightens because it can cost a fortune of money.  It frightens because there have been too many horror stories about mistreatment of residents in recent years.  It frightens because it creates new relationships of dependence.  And yet, it need not.  It can and should be a time of new freedom, of liberation from worry, of security in health and, even, new and fruitful friendships.  How these elements can be reconciled is the secret of the best of care.  It can be done.  There are many examples of care which brings joy to the residents and to their families.  Christians on Ageing has begun the task of highlighting what to look for in choosing a care home and will publish further guidance, as well as a commentary on good and bad practice.

Christians on Ageing would like to hear from members and others about their experience of residential care, in all its varieties: independent living, sheltered housing, nursing care, care for those with dementia, religious-based care, local authority-based care.  The lot.  You might live in residential care or you might know someone who does.  Tell us what you know.  Tell us what we should be considering.


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