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To think that this is treating these elderly people like children?

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togglebobble Tue 26-Feb-13 18:24:44

I don't work with the elderly, so if I'm wrong, please enlighten me and I shall happily stand corrected smile

But, I was watching the local news this evening, and there was a piece on about a local care home. There was a bit where a few of the residents spoke about recent closures of other homes. They spoke clearly, and eloquently.

Yet they were given cups of tea in grey, plastic, two handled cups. Not unlike the ones I give my toddler DC.

I understand that a few of them might be a little unsteady, but you can pick up cups and saucers from Ikea or even charity shops really cheaply. I know my Gran's care home served hot drinks in normal cups.

AIBU to think this is a bit... Well, not very nice actually? They are adults, fgs hmm

Moominsarescary Wed 27-Feb-13 22:22:01

When I worked in a nursing home the residents were assessed by an OT and the cups were then ordered from a specialist firm (expensive pieces of plastic) it wasn't down to the hcps to decide who needed them.

Plastic is lighter so easier to lift, I can't remember any residents who were assessed for one having a problem with them, usually because it enabled them to hold their own cup. It was the same with cutlery

TraceyTrickster Thu 28-Feb-13 00:34:15

my mother struggled to hold the weight of a china cup. A doidy cup was perfect for her.

Sadly as people get older, they often revert to more childlike ways, so I guess that is why the approach changes to fit.

babyboomersrock Thu 28-Feb-13 01:00:08

I'm probably already elderly by Mumsnet standards but I have so much to look forward to - carers who think all of us will end up pissing and shitting ourselves, reverting to more childlike ways, being called dear if I'm lucky and drinking from a doidy cup. Such larks.

Haud me back, as we say in Glasgow. I can hardly wait.

ssd Thu 28-Feb-13 18:41:45

couldn't agree more babyboomersrock

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