Survey reveals people in South Yorkshire are scared of going into care homes

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ALMOST three-quarters of South Yorkshire’s residents would be scared to go into a care home, a report reveals.

Research from the Alzheimer’s Society found 72 per cent of people in the county say they would be ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ frightened to go into residential care.

The report, entitled Low Expectations, found excellent care does exist, but pessimism about life in establishments is leading people to settle for less.

Despite apprehension about the future, the majority of people who took part in the survey of 1,685 Yorkshire care homes said they would recommend the places their loved ones are living.

The charity is using Low Expectations to call on the Government and the best care homes to do more to ensure minimum standards and more effective regulation.

Judith Gregory, area manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Yorkshire, said: “We know there is lots of excellent quality care in residential care homes, but our research has found people have very low expectations of what a care home will offer and many are scared of ever living in one.”