Monday 23 April 2018

'Nappies' are simply abuse

'We appear to have reached a point in the 'care' services where CARE is in fact a misnomer. No one should be humiliated and put at risk to save money.' Stock Photo: PA
'We appear to have reached a point in the 'care' services where CARE is in fact a misnomer. No one should be humiliated and put at risk to save money.' Stock Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - It is a shocking indictment of the meaning of 'care' when we reach a point of degrading and humiliating treatment of our older population in alleged 'care homes' by putting them into 'nappies' even if they don't require them.

As a retired social work lecturer in client protection (abuse), I taught staff that such practices amounted to abuse. This is not a staff issue, not a funding issue, not a care issue. This is plain professional negligence, abuse and a human rights violation. Let's call it what it is.

However, the HSE in community, primary care also sanctions 'nappies' over a proper personal assistant (PA) for disabled people living independently in community.

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