Smoking decision backlash
Jun 24 2008 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Eliabeth Hobbs with daughter Sue Bellwood
CARE home bosses have come under fire from their own staff over a decision to ban elderly residents from smoking inside.
As reported in Friday’s Examiner, Aden View care home in Primrose Hill will outlaw indoor smoking from July 1.
New Century Care, which owns the home, said it had to take the decision to comply with the Government’s ban on smoking in public places.
But under the law, introduced last July, care homes, as well as prisons and oil rigs, are exempt from the ban.
They are allowed to let residents light up in their own rooms and communal smoking rooms.
Relatives of 89-year-old resident Elizabeth Hobbs – one of three smokers at Aden View – told the Examiner they were “sickened” by the home’s ruling and have asked for a rethink.
And care home workers – who will also be forced to use an outdoor smoking shelter – have backed their stance.
An employee, who did not want to be named, said the Examiner’s report was the first staff had heard about the ban.
She added: “Prisoners are getting more freedom than these residents.
“They have given up their homes and this is their home now – they should be allowed to stay inside and smoke.
“You wouldn’t catch anyone coming to my house and telling me not to smoke.
“I think it’s wrong that an elderly person should have to go and stand outside in the rain and cold.
“They should have a smoking room or be allowed to smoke in their rooms.”