Where have convalescent homes gone?

ONE section of the community never gets a holiday or a change of scene.

This is the only half-mobile group, disabled by a stay in hospital like an elderly friend of mine, who contracted a huge bedsore in a Chichester hospital.

This still has to be dressed every day by community nurses since a hip operation nearly two years ago.

Naturally, every movement causes pain in his rear end, so walking is painfully slow and restricted.

In the old days, the excellent NHS convalescent homes catered for such people.

Now, they are abolished – hotels that can cater for their needs simply don’t exist.

Brave new world?

Bel Bailey

North Road

Lancing