Our special YEP report makes sobering reading for all of us. Our detailed analysis of a Care Quality Commission report reveals the number of elderly and vulnerable people in ‘wholly inadequate’ care runs to the hundreds.
So many of us depend upon the compassion of others to keep our loved ones safe, comfortable and happy in their twilight years as more and more people live that little bit longer.
So to discover that five Leeds care homes are abjectly failing their residents is disturbing to say the least, and this newspaper will not relent from criticising the owners, managers and staff at the worst offending facilities - we’re loathe to call them ‘homes’.
Nobody should have the indignity of lying in their own excrement at night, because nobody cares enough to change the dirty sheets.
Perhaps even more alarming is the statement that some staff fail to even show their elderly residents any respect. Respect costs nothing.
But whilst a handful of homes are failing to come up to the mark, it’s important to acknowledge all of those facilities that have been rated ‘good’ and indeed are deserving of being called a ‘home’.
Some care staff give their life’s work to looking after other people; to being there for them. Those people deserve a thank you.