Mixed messages on care homes need to end – McLaughlin

Mixed messages over the future of residential care homes are continuing to cause unnecessary distress to elderly residents and their families, a Sinn Fein MLA has said.

Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin said the “well-being of our elderly citizens must be at the centre of any decisions made regarding the future of care homes.”

“There have been reassurances from the Health Department and the Health Trusts that there would be clear consultation on Transforming Your Care but clearly these mixed signals are causing confusion,” she said.

“We are talking about people here and there is too much unnecessary claims and counter-claims which is clearly causing distress to elderly residents in the care homes and their families.

Ms McLaughlin, a member of the Assembly’s Health Committee, continued: “Transforming Your Care is about improving how our elderly citizens are cared for. Clearly attempting to close care homes in an underhand way is not taking on board the concerns of those these decisions affect the most.

“The Health Minister and any Health Trusts should immediately come out and reassure people that the care of the elderly will be approached with sensitivity and openness,” she said.