I am a carer and author of She'll be Alright, a story-based approach to exploring issues of hidden neglect in care homes. I am currently researching alternatives to the failing profit-driven care model in the UK and putting together a team to start a care-home based project for excellence in adult care. Please read on and join me if you want to get involved.
She'll be Alright, my textbook on elder safeguarding
ALEX MATTHEWS LAUNCHES REAL-LIFE CASE
STUDIES OF NEGLECT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF ISSUES IN CARE HOMES
She'll be Alright: a
story-based approach to exploring issues of hidden neglect in care homes.
A training and self-study guide with a focus on dementia care.
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Biography and contact
Alex Matthews has worked as a teacher since 1997. Having
read Linguistics at Southampton University, his first specialism is teaching
English as a Foreign Language, but Alex is currently (as of 2017) training to
become a care manager and doing research into alternatives to the current
elderly care model in the UK.
She'll Be Alright
uses chilling case studies from real life in order to describe and explain
exactly how hidden abuse happens. Hidden abuse is a particular type of abuse
that leaves no scars but can cause death. Action on Elder Abuse claims up to
800,000 elderly people are subjected to abuse in the UK each year. Elder abuse
is being allowed to happen right now in one of the richest countries on Earth. She'll be Alright is a tool for training
carers and managers, but the general public will also want to read this book in
order to learn how to protect their elderly relatives from abuse.
The origins of abuse
-Underfunding in care: Underfunding and cost cutting lead to
short staffing in care homes.
-Process of carers going rogue: Carers are pushed to their
limits, they are overworked, stressed, and undergo a process of brutalisation
where they find themselves engaging in acts of abuse towards the elderly and
bullying towards co-workers.
-Institutionalisation: Short staffing means care home
residents end up feeling isolated, abandoned, a burden, and soon enter a
psychological decline resulting in deep depression, apathy, and dehumanisation.
-Why the book?
When Alex Matthews found himself in a sick working
environment where bullying was supported by management and elder abuse was an
everyday occurrence, he was at a loss as to how to react. Eventually, he
reported the abuse and resigned from his job, but not without documenting the
abuse first. The case studies in She'll
be Alright are witness accounts of abuse in a care home under poor
-What are you trying to achieve?
She'll Be Alright
is helping to prevent elder abuse. Alex Matthews hopes that raising awareness
of elder abuse amongst professionals and the general public will add to the
efforts already undertaken by organisations such as Action on Elder Abuse and
Alex Matthews thinks that the current model of elderly care
needs a sea change. A new model of care is likely the only way to stop elderly
abuse. Alex hopes to be able to help create this new elderly care model.
-What makes this book unique?
The first reaction to this book by a professional care
trainer was “everyone should read this book”. She'll Be Alright lets you access a world only known to
professional carers. In doing so, it uncovers the ugly face of massified care,
the care offered our elderly by corporations and public healthcare providers
who care more about ticking boxes than about making people's last days happy
-Why is the book different?
This book is so different from any other care book because
it uncovers hidden abuse and it does so by showing the reader exactly what
piece of legislation is being violated at every single abuse event. She'll be Alright shows very clearly
what to watch out for in order to avoid hidden abuse.
-Is the focus different?
The case studies in She'll
Be Alright are written in a literary storytelling style that reaches out
directly to readers’ hearts. This book is unique in the way it approaches a
clinical subject through accessible stories.
-Is the author different?
Alex Matthews is a foreign language teacher and writer with
seventeen years working experience in Japan, Spain, Latin America and the UK.
When he decided to change careers and start as a carer, he didn't expect to
find abuse and bullying in the workplace. His viewpoint is that of a newcomer,
an external agent who can have a fresh perspective on things. Alex was a newbie
with world experience and a good command of the written language. This
combination of elements is the reason for this unusually poignant book.
‘Everybody should read this book’. S.M. (Nurse, trainer and
Social Care studies assessor).
'I wish I had had a book like this when I was teaching'.
E.H. (Retired Social Care lecturer).