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Better care needed for the elderly

11th December 2012

Sir Ronald Harwood, the writer of a new film set in a care home, has said Britain needs to consider the way it cares for people in their old age.


Sir Ronald's film, Quartet, features Dame Maggie Smith living in a care home where the residents are treated with respect.

He told the Daily Telegraph:  "You could say that the home we show in the film gives a template for how the elderly should be cared for. It is the sort of place we would all like to end up in, if we need care."

"The residents are allowed to be individuals – they have respect for each other, and there is respect between the staff and them. The residents find love, achieve things, try not to give in to infirmity, help each other, share a sense of community, and, above all, they celebrate life. They aren’t just left on their own, sitting in chairs, staring out of windows."

He explained that there were "great homes" in Britain but there were also "far too many" which did not respect their patients.

Sir Ronald said he thought Western society was obsessed with youth and did not know what to do with elderly people, in contrast to cultures who valued older people.

He added: "We seem to write people off after 50, and how insane that is. I really do think we have to respect people at every stage of their lives if we are to be considered civilised." 


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