Monday, 01 September 2014

Care home staff suspended amid abuse allegations

A care home has suspended four members of staff after an investigation was launched into allegations of physical and verbal abuse of a dementia sufferer.

Eildon Housing Association told Inside Housing that four staff members had been suspended from one of its homes while police and Scottish Borders Council investigate the claim.

According to reports, one female resident was allegedly abused by a staff member before her family was alerted and made a complaint.

Nile Stephan, chief executive of Eildon, said that action was taken as soon as the association was alerted and that the group’s main concern was the welfare of all residents.

Eildon has a contract with Scottish Borders to provide care for elderly people and provides 25 bedrooms for people suffering with dementia at its Craw Wood location.

A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said: ‘We are investigating the concerns raised surrounding alleged physical and verbal abuse. As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.’

The Care Inspectorate - the independent scrutiny body for care and children’s services in Scotland – has also been alerted.

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: ‘The Care Inspectorate is aware of this issue involving Eildon Housing Craw Wood. Both the local authority and the police are also aware and are investigating this matter, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.’

Readers' comments (2)

  • Maybe this is the one in a hundred cases that gets properly investigated ?? Or is this the last we will hear about it ??

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  • There was more abuse in care homes on Panorama and the news on 30 April 2014.

    If prisoners were treated the same way as these vulnerable adults there would be a public outcry and Human Rights would get involved.

    What about the Human Rights of the vulnerable elderly, some of them have no Human Rights, No Civil Liberties and No dignity. Vulnerable elderly people are being abused in residential care as well as by community carers and sometimes even family or people who have been given Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) who decides who is given LPA does not need to ask family members if they are happy with the decision they just give it. The OPG do not seem to be answerable to anyone. Social Services are not interested in reports of abuse they just say there is no evidence.

    Care for vulnerable elderly in the UK is terrible. I dread getting old because I know how bad the care is, it is of a very low standard and even this low standard is not met by many residential care homes and it is not even checked in private houses. It needs a complete review. There needs to be people other than Social Services checking things, the Safe Guarding Teams are inadequate. It does not seem to be about people it is more about ticking boxes.

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