I've just spent another morning with my mum in her care home, where she now goes for extended breaks to give my brother (her carer) some respite. He also has carers coming into their home to support him, and some of them have been with Mum for very nearly ten years.
It has been easy, with the publicity from Winterbourne View to hear the bad news of carers badly trained and uncaring about those they look after. Our experience has been the complete opposite. Mum's carers, some of whom have been with her for over nine years, are lovely: utterly professional, caring, and respectful of her wishes.
And of course, my brother, who has given up his life to look after mum. his dedication is astonishing. He is ably supported by Smokey Joe, his border collie, who is very concerned about Mum, and always cheers up her daily.
Between them all, they help her to fulfill her wishes to live at home for as long as is possible. Thank you, to these unsung heroes, and to thousands like them everywhere.