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AIBU to hate the term 'the Care Industry'?

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BakeliteBelle Mon 06-Jun-11 11:40:49

'Care industry' suggests factories, production lines, products, something to sell....It doesn't suggest care or warmth or love or humanity. It is an Americanism - like their 'Health industry' - we seem to have just slipped into our vocabulary.

My severely disabled son may soon be a cog in the wheel of the 'care industry' as this government is hell bent on letting the private sector take over. After Panorama, I am now waking up at night, despairing of his future and desperately hoping I will outlive him.

We have had a great tradition of health and social care in this country. If there is money to pay private care homes £3500 a week to abuse vulnerable people and line the pockets of remote, unscrupulous individuals, there is money to pay non-profit making organisations and charities and the good old local authorities to run care homes.

Perhaps we can then stop seeing it as an 'industry'

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Mon 06-Jun-11 11:52:23

I agree, I'm a home carer and have just taken some leave my company treat me like a machine, make unreasonable demands and 'care' very little for anyone, luckily I do my job for love and know when I'm out there I am 'caring' in all sense of the word despite the ugly wheel that turns behind me

Laquitar Mon 06-Jun-11 12:00:16

But the term is realistic. If the goverment wants the private sector to take over then i think it is better to call it what it is becoming - an industry- so we are more alert and against it.

BakeliteBelle Mon 06-Jun-11 18:14:46

It is the passive acceptance that it is an ok term. When I was nursing in the late 1980's into the 90's, noone used the term 'care industry' and if they did, they would have been slated. Obviously from posting on here, I realise it is of little interest to the general public. Oh well

Bonsoir Mon 06-Jun-11 18:21:04

I think "care industry" is an excellent term. It reminds me that I need to avoid it all costs!

BakeliteBelle Mon 06-Jun-11 20:01:27

How do you avoid it Bonsoir?

I can see how you avoid getting a job in the care industry, but not how we become dependent on it when we or our loved ones need care

Bonsoir Tue 07-Jun-11 10:12:08

You can avoid large market-based care institutions like nurseries and old people's homes and children's holiday camps and use small, private providers with whom you have a personal relationship instead.

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