Zarsha Leo, the restaurant-bar that is currently widening its horizons, is offering a special seniors package in its Agoura Hills, LA branch. The newly-opened franchise, owned by CEO Evan Burschkopf, is hoping to attract individuals from the elderly population along with its 20-something regulars.
“While it is true that because of the traditional bar food served in my restaurants they are popular with the younger generation, I firmly believe that the true test of an eatery’s success lies in its capacity to attract all sorts of people. That is why I am introducing this special offer at Zarsha Leo, first in Agroura Hills, and then – if it succeeds – throughout the LA area,” Burschkopf explained. Every Wednesday from 4-5pm, pensioners will be able to eat cheaply with the 2-for-1 deal.
While in theory it makes perfect sense for family to look after their elderly, it seems that it is not so practical. Indeed, in the UK, Lord Willis of Knaresborough pointed out the problematic implications of this. While he noted they are indeed “well-meaning,” they have “virtually no training [and] are unregistered, unregulated and often unsupervised.” These comments were based on a review he led in 2012 of nurses’ education. Given this finding, Willis has now called for “mandatory training and a timetable for standards to come into force.”
He is not the only politician to feel this way. Chairman of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, Baroness Wall of New Barnet added that by not pushing this, people end up not being safe. Others chimed in that due to a lack of mandatory registration, “dangerous” caretakers can end up “going anywhere.”
Thus Baroness Northover, Health spokesperson, informed the House of Lords that the government is intending to establish training and conduct guidelines, given the findings of this report. Although others fought back saying that the government has anyway been very aware of this predicament for some time and that the quality of care needs to be upgraded.