Call for humanity in care homes

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has published an inquiry into the state of the care home sector which calls for sweeping change to ‘inject humanity’ back into care homes.

The inquiry argues human relationships and caring needs to be central to the system and the sector - replacing the impersonal and insecure culture that currently shrouds the whole care environment. The call comes following a year-long personal inquiry by John Kennedy, Director of Care Services at JRF. The report recommends:

  • Better pay, conditions and support for the million care workers
  • Increased opportunities for training and development: empathy, kindness and compassion need to be nurtured, rather than just demanded or trained.
  • Cutting paperwork
  • Better funding for the sector