Lee Carrick's Novels
The Care Home
Honesty is always the best policy.
Nicky Daniels is turning eighteen, broke and desperate to provide for himself. He unwittingly takes a job with Sandhaven Healthcare, becoming a Care Assistant in a home for elderly dementia patients.
He quickly realises through his cocaine and alcohol induced haze that this is no ordinary care home. It’s a place where the elderly are sent to see out their lives in solitude away from their families. A place where the embarrassment of their disease can be ignored by people who they once loved.
The work is vomit-inducing and the pay is below minimum wage, but Nicky soon begins to see the humanity that hides beneath the dementia, and this affects him more than he had imagined.
But Nicky has loftier ambitions. He wants to be a writer. He wants to write about honesty, sex, drugs, alcohol, love, pain and guilt. Then his big chance comes. He enters a writing competition in London; to write a novella in just one weekend. Heeding Hemingway’s advice, he chronicles his time at the care home, his sexual encounters, his cocaine habit and the depression that dogs him.
This is Nicky’s story. It’s the story of how those patients opened his eyes to horrors he had never conceived. It’s a raw, honest and often graphic account of Nicky’s life. If you read THE CARE HOME, you won’t forget it in a hurry.
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