I’m going to tell you a secret. Care homes are brilliant. Their staff are some of the most hard-working, inspirational people I’ve ever met. But most people don’t know this. I didn’t always know this: here’s the story of how I found out.
“I don’t speak ‘Care Home’” I reflected to a colleague, after visiting a resident approaching the end of life. As a palliative care consultant comfortable with looking after patients in both acute hospitals and their own homes, I still find clinical consultations in care homes bewildering. Where are the notes? How do you find the staff? Does that resident always look so poorly? I often feel overwhelmed, unsure of my clinical decisions or how management plans I suggest will be implemented, and desperate to leave.