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Brits have more positive view of care homes but work still to do

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A new survey has found that Brits have a more positive view of care homes, while revealing work still remains to change perceptions.

The Vida Healthcare survey found that trust in care home safety has almost doubled year-on-year from 24% to 45%.

Just under half (47%) of Brits think of a care home as a home for older people to spend the rest of their lives rather than just a place for care delivery.

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More than half (54%) of UK adults have or have had a friend or family member in a care home with over two-thirds (67%) claiming to know more about the industry than ever before.

Over a third (34%) said their impression of care homes was now positive than before the pandemic.

However, less than a third (32%) believe that care homes offer a sense of community for residents.

Over half (56%) of respondents who have known someone in a care home said they had become concerned about their mental health due to separation during lockdown.

Just under half (47%) agreed they would feel more comfortable if a loved one living with dementia lived in a care home with people on hand who can interact, support, and care for them.

Four in ten (40%) agreed that recreational activities are as important in the care of older people, particularly those living with dementia, as medication.

James Rycroft, Managing Director at Vida Healthcare, said: “According to the results of our research, almost half (47%) of UK adults consider a care home as a home for older people to spend the rest of their lives rather than just a place for care delivery. Despite this, we clearly have a fantastic opportunity to educate the public and prove that care homes are a home for many vulnerable people which offer social activities, specialist care, and unique facilities.”

PICTURE CREDIT: Vida Court’s hair salon, courtesy of Vida Healthcare.

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