Care in the Community? A load of old cobblers.

Droning through parts of my course brought back memories of a painting I did many years ago which for me epitomised care in the community. All the big hospitals in the UK closed and the patients were accommodated in the community literally wherever they could fit.

Many patients couldn’t cope. They didn’t take vital medication, some attacked members of the public and ended up in jail while others finished up living rough on the streets unable to cope with life on the outside. And yet the policy was sold to the public as though it was some sort of freedom ticket for those incarcerated for not committing a crime.

At the time I worked with eight individuals who were transitioned into the community; my role was to provide day services which taught them life skills to survive in the outside world. Many carried everything they owned in plastic bags, some ate with their hands, most could not comprehend communication outside of a direction or command and none of them were in any way, shape or form ready to live outside of hospital walls.

Whilst my painting suggests care in the community is a load of old cobblers it was, and still is, very much worse than that. It’s cruel.


2 thoughts on “Care in the Community? A load of old cobblers.

  1. Here’s the way it should be:

    Let’s put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes.

    This would correct two things in one motion:

    Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

    They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical

    Treatment, wheel chairs, etc.

    They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.

    They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be helped instantly… If they fell or needed assistance.

    Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

    A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.

    All meals and snacks would be brought to them.

    They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

    They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counselling, a pool and education…and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.

    Simple clothing – i.e.. Shoes, slippers, pj’s – and legal aid would be free, upon request.

    There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens.

    Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost.

    They would receive daily phone calls.

    There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.

    The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors

    And their families from abuse or neglect.

    source –


    • Parker how absolutely true and thank you for the almost poetic way you put it. I had recently exploded on Twitter about the television series HMPAylbury which shows young thugs being pampered and Molly coddled. One of these youths was in there because he shot a girl dead one night out of boredom. As far as I’m concerned I don’t want to see them on TV, I want them locked up and the key thrown away. How dreadfully sad we don’t give the same care and attention to our wonderful senior citizens. Thanks so much for your comment Parker, I hope many people see it. Warm regards Alan


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