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Committed to the Asylum?

Committed to the Asylum?

The long term Care of Older People
Malcolm Johnson
Second Leveson Lecture, 2002

The second Leveson lecture was given by Professor Malcolm Johnson, Director of the International Institute on Health and Ageing, University of Bristol, on 24 April 2002. He responds to the attack on institutional care of frail and vulnerable older people and the prevalent view that we should get rid of care homes. He argues that the case for abandoning institutional care is poorly thought out and against the evidence. The church in his view has a particular role to play that arises from its history of providing sanctuary, love and support. He argues that we should rediscover care homes as places of asylum for older people worn down by the problems of living on their own in the community. Professor Roger Clough who was present at the lecture adds a thoughtful postscript to the debate.

Committed to the asylum?
The long term care of older people
(Leveson Paper 3)
Malcolm Johnson, second Leveson Lecture, 2002

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