The more one finds out about Home Farm care home in Portree, Skye, the more clear it is that something fundamental is wrong, not just here, but in the way care homes are run in this country generally.  The Care Inspectorate have now submitted an application to cancel the care home’s registration, run by private […]

Home Farm, and why the failures in care homes run deep


María Branyas is a name that may become synonymous with resilience. 113-years-old, she has survived the Spanish Flu of 1918-19, the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 and the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.  Branyas was in isolation for weeks after contracting Covid-19 in the care home she has lived in for two decades in the city […]

Remember the care home survivors


“Today we have one simple call: for politicians across Britain to act now to end carers’ poverty. Carers must be given the same level of support and respect they give to others; both now and for good.” – Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland

Clap for Carers or Value Them in the Economy?


When the inevitable inquiry takes place into what’s happened in care homes in Scotland during this crisis, there will undoubtedly be myriad reasons identified for why the necessary protections were not in place when they were needed. But as one Source Direct subscriber who has had experience of a family member in a care home […]

Nourishing the care economy


Analysis of new ONS data by John Hopkins University in the US suggests that the UK’s five-day average for Covid-19 deaths is higher than any other European country for this point in the pandemic curve. In other words, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “apparent success” has a very good case for being the worst response to […]

We can all count mortality


Covid-19 patients discharged from hospital to care homes will be tested as a matter of routine after all. Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman made the announcement yesterday, just 24 hours after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had said that testing everyone discharged from hospital could create a “false positive” if the person is asymptomatic. Why it took […]

Care Homes: A Privatisation Story