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Published: 09 November 2018

Celebrating good care – child of International Care Ethics Observatory researcher hits the headlines

The son of an International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory researcher, in the School of Health Sciences, recently hit the headlines by praising good care.

Ten year old Reuben Cox helps to take care of his grandmother since her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011. He regularly visits her in a local care home. 

When asked at school to write about his superheroes, Reuben wrote about two carers – Wendy and Jenny – who take care of his grandmother in her care home. Reuben clearly shares the ICE Observatory view that good care needs to be recognised and celebrated. 

In his writing, Reuben suggests that giving carers time and space to provide care ‘slowly’ and ‘enjoy their job’ contribute to a more positive experience for the residents they care for and a creates a ‘happy’ atmosphere.

We congratulate this wise ten year-old and encourage other young people to share stories of ‘good care’ experienced by their grandparents in residential care settings.

Learn more about Reuben's letter in the Surrey Live article 'Where would the world be without carers?': 10-year-old writes heart-warming letter about gran's 'superhero' care workers'.