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Sorry, love: Harrogate care home will use ‘darling’, despite CQC warning

Skills 4 Living centre to continue to use terms of endearment, while CQC says individual preferences must be respected

A carer holding a patient’s hand. Photograph: Terry Vine/Blend Images/Corbis

A Harrogate care home has vowed to continue using terms of endearment such as “love” and “darling” in spite of a warning from inspectors.

The Harrogate Skills 4 Living centre was told to improve its caring after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) overheard carers using terms that “could be regarded as demeaning and patronising”.

Passport to making life better for people living with dementia

Carers are more than visitors:

they are part of the team that support a patient with dementia and frailty. Many of the hospitals that welcome carers issue them with passports to identify them and give them a tangible sense of their authority and recognition. These passports were the idea of Dr Sophie Edwards, consultant geriatrician at the North Middlesex Trust, who explains here why she felt them to be crucial.

Dementia patients forced to rely on unpaid carers, poll says

 

Three-quarters of GPs say their dementia patients are forced to rely on family, friends, neighbours or other unpaid carers, because they get insufficient help from health and social care services.

Stephen Blakeburn, 50, who cares for his mother, Jenny (left), 86, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. GPs believe dementia patients are being failed by health and social care services. Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society/PA Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society/PA

A survey of 1,013 family doctors by the Alzheimer’s Society paints a worrying picture of a situation in which patients are often let down or left confused by the health and social care system.

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