Choosing care is one of life's most stressful moments, finds CQC

Published 6 October 2014

According to a survey arranged by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), eight out of ten people find that choosing care for an older relative is one of the most stressful moments in life.

In the survey, carried out through the websites Mumsnet and Gransnet, 84 per cent of respondents reported that choosing care for their parent or other older relative was 'very stressful' or 'quite stressful' – ranking it higher than getting divorced or separating from a partner, choosing a school for their child, getting married, and buying a house.

Responding to this, George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer's Society said:

'Like walking into a maze blindfolded, when faced with the difficult decision of moving a loved one into a care home many families struggle due to a lack of trusted information and advice. We know that for families and carers of people with dementia it is particularly challenging. No one should feel that they or their loved ones should have to settle for poor quality care.'

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