Elderly care in care homes and social workers

Families should have greater transparency when it comes to their elderly relatives in care homes. We should be able to access and have copies of additions to 'behaviour registers'made by care homes.

The care homes use these to complain and label elderly residents and write up erroneous care plans which the social workers then back up. The social workers have access to it but the families do not and are prevented from challenging erroneous entries.

Families should have immediate access to care plans and letters written and registered by social workers about their elderly relatives so that we can challenge these if they are incorrect.

This should not necessarily require a LPA.

Families are identified by their elderly relatives as representing their health and welfare interests. The care homes are being given access to medical letters and social workers information about the elderly but the families are being prevented from accessing these.

It is not a surprise that several elderly people have died in care homes as a result of negligence right under the noses of social workers.

The local government ombudsman should not be the last point of call. Families should have a right to appeal the decision in court.

Why is this idea important?

Families should have greater transparency when it comes to their elderly relatives in care homes. We should be able to access and have copies of additions to 'behaviour registers'made by care homes.

The care homes use these to complain and label elderly residents and write up erroneous care plans which the social workers then back up. The social workers have access to it but the families do not and are prevented from challenging erroneous entries.

Families should have immediate access to care plans and letters written and registered by social workers about their elderly relatives so that we can challenge these if they are incorrect.

This should not necessarily require a LPA.

Families are identified by their elderly relatives as representing their health and welfare interests. The care homes are being given access to medical letters and social workers information about the elderly but the families are being prevented from accessing these.

It is not a surprise that several elderly people have died in care homes as a result of negligence right under the noses of social workers.

The local government ombudsman should not be the last point of call. Families should have a right to appeal the decision in court.