Smile-filled life

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

WHEN over a decade ago the govern­ment de­cided to close Ouse Hos­pi­tal/ nurs­ing home the min­is­ter hired a con­sul­tant to jus­tify the plan. One of the rea­sons the con­sul­tant came up with was that peo­ple lived too long there af­ter ad­mis­sion. The only thing they could think of to ex­plain this was that they must have been ad­mit­ted too early. In a cul­ture where they are trained, sup­ported and ap­pre­ci­ated, staff can achieve out­comes that make them proud. When care is con­sis­tent, the frailest per­son can ex­pect a com­fort­able, val­ued, smile-filled life which is not one day shorter than it need be.

Phyl Smithurst El­len­dale

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