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How was your Christmas?

20 Jan

KA Maracas

Did you have a nice Christmas?

 

 

Malak

No. I was on my own and I felt a bit lonely.

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Sorry to hear that. Do you not spend it with your family?

 

 

 

Malak

They all live far away and anyway I don’t really get on with them.

 

 

Annabel

It was hard for me too – it was my first Christmas without my mum and I miss her lots.

 

Ace

That’s sad for you. Everyone remembers loved ones they have lost at this time of year.

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Yes, and it is hard because everyone expects you to be happy. I found it difficult at Christmas-time because my usual support group has a break.

 

 

Malak

Wouldn’t it be great if there were places where you could get support and meet people who are also struggling?

 

 

Annabel

That’s a good idea. I’m lucky that I live in a community where neighbours check on each other. My neighbour bought small gifts for the people who were on their own.

 

 

Malak

It would have been nice if I’d had somewhere to go to share a Christmas meal.

 

 

KA Maracas

My family like to do things for other people at Christmas. We helped at a local soup kitchen for homeless people.

 

 

 

Ace Man

That’s great. People need to be more sharing and generous and think about other people at Christmas, not just their own families.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

We can get involved in things happening to help others who are struggling in our community. That can help us to be happy too.

 

 

Malak

Shall we find out what’s happening in the community and all get involved next Christmas?

 

 

 

KickAss, Ace Man and Annabel from the A-Team

 Yes, great idea!

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Should hidden cameras be put in care homes?

4 Nov
Malak

Malak

Have you heard that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are thinking of putting hidden cameras into care homes?

 

 

 

Annabel

Annabel

No I haven’t! Why would they do that?

 

 

 

 

Malak

There’s a lot of abuse and bullying goes on in care homes and the CQC want to stop it.

 

 

 

Annabel

Oh yes, I remember what was happening in that care home called Winterbourne View.

 

 

KA Maracas

KA Maracas

I’m not sure if cameras are a good idea.

 

 

 

 

Ace Man

Ace Man

But it would help get rid of the bullying and abuse and people would feel safer.

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

Yes, but I wouldn’t want to be watched all the time in my own home. There would be no privacy!

 

 

 

 

Malak

I agree with you – I wouldn’t like that either!

 

 

 

 

Annabel

But how can people be kept safe from the bullies and abusers?

 

 

 

Ace Man

The CQC are also thinking of using ‘Mystery Shoppers’. This is where people go into the care home and pretend they are looking for care for a loved one.

They could get people to pretend to be a cleaner or a handyman too!

 

 

 

Annabel

That might work better because the care workers would be on their best behaviour if someone was looking to move someone there.

 

 

 

Ace

Why don’t they give everyone in the care home a secret emergency phone to use to get help.

 

 

 

Malak

This wouldn’t work because carers can take away things easily. And it’s hard to keep things secret or private when you depend on other people for help.

 

 

 

 

Annabel

Why don’t people who are being bullied just tell someone?

 

 

 

Malak

They might be frightened that the bullies will do worse things to them. They may be frightened to get into trouble and feel it is their fault somehow. They might not have anyone to tell. Also people who have told about bullying and abuse sometimes haven’t been believed.

 

 

 

Annabel

That’s horrible! It’s awful that people can’t feel safe and cared for in their own home.

 

 

 

KA Maracas

Anything they do such as cameras or mystery shoppers needs to be balanced against peoples’ right to privacy.

 

 

 

Malak

Yes that’s important. I think the people who live in care homes need to be asked what they think about it before anything gets decided.

 

 

 

Kick Ass Maracas

The staff need to be trained by people with learning disabilities!

 

 

 

 

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