A health expert has praised England’s care homes, calling on the media to balance the negativity in its coverage of their work.
Leeds University’s Emeritus Professor of Elderly Care, Graham Mulley, cited a report by the Care Quality Commission which showed 86% of homes that admit residents supported by local councils are “good” or “excellent”.
Just 1% of these homes were rated as “poor” by the survey.
Professor Mulley said this was “a remarkable situation” which had received little media attention.
There are many examples of good practice in nursing homes which help provide residents with a better quality of life, according to the recent Quest for Quality report by the British Geriatrics Society.
But Professor Mulley, who was asked to be a consultant adviser for an undercover television expose of nursing homes, warned that negative reporting risked upsetting staff and relatives of elderly residents.
He said gloomy reports about poor standards of care could also add to feelings of guilt among families when a loved one goes into a home.
He concluded: “Perhaps all of us who witness excellence in care homes - relatives, professionals, and other visitors - should write or tweet positive messages to balance the prevailing nihilism.”