Dementia care under the microscope thanks to PR in Scotland
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
on behalf of Care Inspectorate
A report by the Daily Mail has focused on claims that older people with dementia are effectively being “imprisoned” in some of Scotland’s care homes.
The article appeared in the middle market newspaper as part of its long-running Dignity for the Elderly campaign and highlighted the main points of a newly-published expert report.
The report, Remember, I’m Still Me, was published jointly by the Care Commission and the Mental Welfare Commission, following inspections at 30 Scottish care homes for older people.
Both organisations expressed serious concerns about the extent of drugs being administered to dementia patients, often hidden in food or drink. Experts also said care homes would have to work much harder to improve care.
The Daily Mail quoted Scotalnd’s public health minister, Shona Robison, who said: “This is a deeply shocking report.”