Thursday, 24 April 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.’

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  • 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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