Care in the Community
They called it Care in the Community,In the nineties it was rife; We all jumped on the bandwagon Promising patients a better life. There were gurus that we followed, And Government passed a law, New careers opened up before us As institutions closed their doors. Soon, new jobs were created As life for patients was rearranged, Though none had been consulted, Their circumstances changed. They lost their home of many years And everything they knew, Under the banner of ‘improved’ And so the movement grew. We followed a new set of rules, Normalisation, it was key As Wolfensburger specified, The patients were just like you and me. Goffman’s plan moved into action, Institutions closed their doors And 24 learning disabled adults Relied on me to fight their cause. A group of likeminded people Came together in 4 teams And by following Tizard’s example The residents realised some dreams. Normal living was our aim No medical model planned. And residents began to flourish Their smiling faces, all on hand. The moral of this story Is embedded in the care Respect for one another And the ability to share. The road, it wasn’t easy, Some days were hard to bear, But the ethos and our practice Demonstrated real care. Care in the Community Challenged outmoded thought And when rolled out in practice Emphasised the need for some support. When treated with respect And aided to believe Folk with learning disabilities Can with certainty, achieve.