Residential care setting as a commons


People with learning disability today face difficult challenges in their daily living  giving the complex needs and vulnerability that some face , while some valuable NGOs work towards achieving a meeting needs for individual, however, others  see disability as a means of resource and opportunity for  exploitation.

Through acquiring properties set out to accommodate vulnerable people, they use their status to influence others (Commissioners) to allocate service users to their properties for accommodation, without adequate checks.

In recent report such as the Winterbourne case study suggest that there is a rapid increase of abuse to vulnerable people. When references are made to class divisions it is predominantly centered and focused between the elite, middle and working class, so how do we class people who are highly dependent on others to carry out  their day to day living tasks such as feeding.



2 Responses to “Residential care setting as a commons”

  1. u1059279 Says:

    The care home setting is a community, both of itself and within the community in which it is located.Residents and staff can actively seek out opportunities for engagement with the wider community to personalise the services offered. Care home managers need to ensure that existing services respond to identified local needs and look at opportunities to diversify in terms of the services offered,
    ensure that staff ‘live and breathe’ a culture that actively promotes personalised services with maximum choice and control people living in the care home.

  2. u0953238 Says:

    The referred report misses something on staff placements. I have experienced what the word ‘agency’ mean in care home settings. It said nearly at the beginning of the shift on the phone that, ” i am only working with agency staff’ and we expect the service users to treated equally. Simple observation ,service users who tends not to be regularly visited by family and friends is prone to more abuse than the opposite.

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