Britons shun care homes over fear of neglect

August 8th, 2011 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 8 (IANS) Three quarters of people in Britain won’t send their elderly relatives to care homes because they fear about neglect in such places, a media report said Monday.

Fears over the standard of care and general wellbeing of their relatives is leading many to rule out the option.

A study of 2,000 people, whose relatives are facing a decision over their future, found many elderly folk are “scared” at the prospect of life in a care home, express.co.uk reported.

Eight out of 10 questioned said they would rather their own quality of life be affected than that of their parents or grandparents.

The worries are revealed in a study by Helping Hands, a family-run live-in care provider.

Lindsey Edgehill, its care services manager, said: “Everyone wants what’s best for their relatives.”

“But the reality is that shouldering the burden yourself is not always the best option for you or your loved ones. The right care home can be the best care option for some, but all of the negative publicity surrounding them is scaring a lot of people,” Express quoted Edgehill as saying.

The study found most “family carers” took 12-and-a-half-hours out of their week to help older relatives to hospital appointments, keep their houses clean, help with their finances or cook for them.

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