YEP Says, May 12: When will elderly get care worthy of its price tag?

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WHEN our loved ones are unable to look after themselves – often as a result of infirmity or the onset of dementia – we have little choice but to hope that they will be given the level of care they both need and deserve.

WHEN our loved ones are unable to look after themselves – often as a result of infirmity or the onset of dementia – we have little choice but to hope that they will be given the level of care they both need and deserve.

Yet the YEP’s investigation into the standards of care at residential homes across the city raises serious questions about the treatment of some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Carol Wilde was a resident at Amber Lodge care home in Wortley until her death in January this year.

Her son Stephen today claims the home – which has been branded inadequate by inspectors from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission – neglected his mother, who he found slumped lifeless in her wheelchair. She later died in hospital.

“She wasn’t given the chance to get any better,” he says. “There was nothing there, it was like she had been put in a room and just left there.”

These are chilling allegations which go to the heart of wider fears about current care provision for the elderly. Our older people deserve far better.

While there are constraints over funding, private homes are paid good money by the local authority – £1,000 a month in Carol’s case. It is time they provided a standard of care that justifies the prices they charge.

Club needs to get the ball rolling

HAVING finally achieved their ambition of reaching the top tier of non-league football, Guiseley’s battle is now off the pitch.

The club faces a race against time to make the grade and get their ground in order so they can stay in the Conference Premier.

Chairman Phil Rogerson says that parts of the team’s Nethermoor ground are ‘embarrassing’ and in need of a major revamp.

It is to be hoped that the necessary planning permission will be granted speedily to get the ball rolling and enable them to start getting the funding they require.

After all, it’s not often we get to celebrate a Leeds football club getting promoted.

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