Herefordshire author Judith Hereford sheds light elderly care

Having witnessed ill treatment of the elderly as a young person in her first job, Herefordshire author Judith Hereford felt compelled to bring the issue to the attention of others.

Speaking about her experiences, Judith explained, ‘What I saw was probably mild compared to some of the horror stories we hear today – slapping, neglect and verbal abuse mainly. Our training hospital gave excellent practical instruction on care for the elderly, treating them all as individuals and with dignity and respect. Although I’m sure things have improved, there are still pockets of nastiness within the caring profession.’

Written from various perspectives – the matron, the residents, the carers – Calling Time sheds light on the inadequacy of elderly care and addresses the attitudes exhibited by those in the profession. Significant interest has arisen regarding the care of the UK’s pensioners recently – Channel 4’s Dispatches went undercover to investigate the home care services that some of Britain’s most vulnerable pensioners receive, highlighting a shocking deficit in care. ‘Articles are constantly appearing in the media about the care, or lack of it, for the elderly, but it deserves much more recognition in order to resolve the issue,’ observes Judith.

Copies of Judith's eye-opening novel, Calling Time , are available upon request from Matador. 

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