With the recent exposure of abuse of vulnerable people in residential care, the launch of a new book by Somerset author Adeline Dalley, couldn’t be more timely.
‘Behind those care home doors’ examines the bad experiences seen by Adeline in her 16-year career as a senior carer along with excellent advice on what to really look for in a good care home, what needs to change in the care sector and why.
Adeline says: “The one sentence that made me want to write my book was when a nurse manager told me I was poor at my job because I showed emotion when I lost patients; she said I was to view people as numbers not friends and as just a way to earn a wage.”
The book has a foreword by Wendy McCleave, the daughter of Joan Bader, widow of Sir Douglas Bader. Adeline met the Bader family when Joan, now aged 95, suffered inadequate care following a second stroke in a care home.
Joan’s daughter Wendy explained why she was extremely grateful saying ‘...Adeline had the courage to safeguard her against a system that is not unknown for closing ranks in these instances and, as a result, my mother was hospitalised and has almost miraculously recovered.”
The care home may look perfect in the brochure, but is that a true reflection of what it’s like to live there? Can the manager’s claims be trusted? With Adeline’s many years of experience this book will show you how to tell if all is really as it seems.
Are the home’s residents looked upon as people, or just as money generators? Will your mum be allowed something to drink in the evening, or will she be left thirsty just so she won’t need the lavatory in the night?
This extremely readable little book is for anyone looking for a care home for a loved one, if you’re involved in the care industry or if there’s any chance you might go into care yourself.
There’s lots of really useful information and advice from recognising and acting on the signs of abuse, choosing the right care home, good care plan basics, what to expect as a patient and end of life planning as well as exploring what needs to be changed in the care system, the importance of training, care home managers and Adeline’s own hopes for the book.
Adeline says, “I want to stamp out all poor care by presenting the view from someone on the front line. I never want my bad experiences to happen to anyone else. We can achieve this if we all just unite on a zero-tolerance approach to abuse, give praise and respect to all good staff and deal with issues quickly.”
Behind those care home doors is published by The Choir Press at £8.99 and is available from amazon.co.uk, adzcreations.com or on 07938-356045.