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The realities of home life
 — the report of a research project commissioned by the Economic Development Unit of the West Midlands County Council
Author(s)Bernadette Holmes
PublisherNUPE (West Midlands); West Midlands County Council, Birmingham, 1986
Pages22 pp
KeywordsPrivate care homes ; Reports ; West Midlands.
AnnotationPrivate rest homes in the West Midlands have been at the centre of controversy before; and the media has drawn attention to particular cases of abuse. Research for this report was carried out in the 15 month period to December 1985, funded by the West Midlands County Council Economic Development Unit and the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE), and written with the assistance of workers from the West Midlands YTS Research Project, the Saltley Action Centre, the West Midlands Low Pay Unit, the Trade Union Resource Centre and NUPE. The research conducted set out to do more than highlight particular examples. The report concludes that most of the homes in no way conformed, or were attempting to conform to the standards of care, staffing levels and quality of life as laid down in "Home life: a code of practice for residential care". The effects of the growth of private residential care documented in the survey are catastrophic, and the situation is likely to deteriorate further if the pattern emerging in North America is followed. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930729065
ClassmarkKWH: 6K: 87 *

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