Care? No, just casual cruelty: How the State betrays those who truly deserve our compassion

Care? No, just casual cruelty: How the State betrays those who truly deserve our compassion

Care No, just casual cruelty: How the State betrays those who truly deserve our compassion

1:50 AM on 30th June 2011

Selfless couple: Ella and Ernie had been proud of living self-sufficiently as they got older

Selfless couple: Ella and Ernie had been proud of living self-sufficiently as they got older

Navy man: Ernie in 1943 during the war

Navy man: Ernie in 1943 during the war

Wedding day: Ernie and Ella met during the war and married in 1947

Wedding day: Ernie and Ella met during the war and married in 1947

Rare quality: From their experiences, the Bate family believe that care and compassion for the elderly no longer exist in Britain (Posed by models)

Rare quality: From their experiences, the Bate family believe that care and compassion for the elderly no longer exist in Britain (Posed by models)

‘At these meetings to discuss the situation, Dad was referred to — often in his presence — as a cost, a problem, or a funding issue, but never as a worried, frightened and vulnerable human being.’

Best days or your life: Many care homes today regard their residents as a

Best days or your life: Many care homes today regard their residents as a “cost” or a “problem” rather than a person who needs and deserves care