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Stephen Naysmith May McCreaddie of Pollok in Glasgow spent 11 months looking for a suitable care home for her mother, while she was experiencing "woeful" care on a hospital ward for the elderly, she claims. Although her mother had severe dementia, leading to behavioural problems and wandering, and had been assessed as needing specialist care for the condition, Mrs McCreaddie was told Glasgow had only around 100 places in homes offering specialist dementia care. She and her two brothers felt press-ganged into placing their mother somewhere less suitable. "Interventions were intended to talk us into submission and agree to admit mum to a care home - any care home," she says. "We were being forced to look at homes for the frail and elderly where occupancy was low because care was sub-standard." She also feels poor training and mistakes by nursing staff contributed to her mother's sometimes aggressive behaviour. "A lot of mum's behaviour was caused by inappropriate nursing," Mrs McCreaddie said. "We were told 'she won't take her medicine', but that is not the person with dementia's fault - it is that the staff are not skilled enough." The construction of a new 36-bed home providing additional capacity ended Ms McCreaddie's search for suitable care for her mother who is now settled after a difficult period. But the former nurse thinks many more places are needed to deal with the special needs of those with dementia. "We urgently need a systematic national overview of care provision for the elderly in Scotland," she says.
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