When your mother or father needs residential care, you have the right to know they will be safe.
40% - getting on for half – of Suffolk’s care homes are rated as “Inadequate” or “In need of Improvement”.
Conservative-run Suffolk County Council have presided over a catalogue of failures for years. Time and again, Labour Councillors have demanded a proper plan for improvement, better conditions for care staff, sustainable rates of payment to secure decent care-home places, and an end to placing vulnerable elderly people in care homes rated “Inadequate”. Time and again, the Tories have refused.
The independent Care Quality Commission has identified the problem – not enough staff, and not enough training.
Labour want better-trained home-carers and more available respite care so elderly people can stay in their own homes for longer. A Labour-run County Council will work closer with the Borough to support sheltered accommodation in our town.
And when people really do need to be in residential care, Labour will ensure that they are cared for in good or outstanding homes, with properly trained staff.
Our Senior Citizens built this Country, fought for it, and have made it what it is. At the very least we owe them a duty of safe and comfortable care.