Yet another story emerges about neglect and abuse in a care home. The Scottish Daily Record reports CARERS at an old folks’ home tied an 84-year-old woman to her bed “like an animal”, it was claimed last night.
Police are investigating the horrific allegations – and five staff at the home have been suspended over claims that pensioners were manhandled and mistreated.
The family of the frail 84-year-old, a former home help who suffers from dementia, told how they noticed bruises on her chest six weeks ago.
They said they reported the old lady’s injuries but didn’t get a proper explanation of what had happened to her.
A spokeswoman for the Strathclyde force said: “We can confirm we have received allegations and an inquiry is at a very early stage. From our initial enquiries, it appears this may be a situation which can be dealt with by the Care Commission.But this may be subject to change, based on how the inquiry continues.”
If the account given by the family to the Daily Record is verified, I would like to think that the Police will continue to be involved. Otherwise if left to the Care Commission (CQC equivalent), there may be yet another cover-up. And I believe firmly that all such investigations should be open, transparent and made available to the public. Otherwise there can be no confidence in care.