Country is failing our most vulnerable with terrible conditions in so-called care homes
Published 02/07/2011 | 05:00
For nine years, the only privacy Peter had was a curtain around his bed. He hadn't wanted to leave home in the first place but had no choice. For nearly a decade he shared a bedroom with three other men, living in an institution for people with intellectual disabilities.
As it turns out, Peter is one of the lucky ones. He eventually moved from that institutional setting and has lived happily for years, with support, in the community. His story, though, is in sharp contrast with so many thousands of others in a newly published report on people with intellectual disabilities living in institutions here.
There are around 3,500 people in 72 of these places around the country. We've all seen them, at least from the outside. They're usually imposing grey buildings, reminiscent of workhouses.