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24 Mar

Quality of Life Improved by Care Homes

by Sarah Wilkinson
 

The majority of people who regularly visit a friend or a loved one in a care home believe that their stay has improved their quality of life, new data has revealed.

In a survey by personal injury specialist Ramsdens Solicitors, 62% of respondents said they believed the standard of care had helped to increase the occupant’s wellbeing.

Furthermore, the majority of respondents believed standards to be of a “good” quality at the home they visited most frequently, while 60% thought staffing was adequate and 58% were satisfied with the cleanliness in the care home.

“Our survey findings have contradicted growing media speculation pointing to serious shortfalls in the standard of care offered to individuals in care homes,” Anne Scott, a solicitor at the Yorkshire-based firm, said.  “There have been several high profile instances of mistreatment in in recent months, which could put some people off.  However, it is refreshing to see that the majority of people who have placed a family member in care had positive things to say about their experiences.”

According to the data, a higher percentage of people who visit someone in a care home believed the staff show empathy towards residents (45%) than those who do not (35%).  People who do not frequently visit care homes were also more likely to film a staff member who they believed to be providing inadequate care, with 58% claiming they would, compared to just 40% of those who do visit saying the same.

Interestingly, those individuals who regularly visit care homes were also more likely to be happy with the idea of sending a relative there, compared to more than half (60%) of non-visitors said they would not.