Horrendous Abuse in a Lancashire Care Home
A recent incident has brought to light a significant issue with neglectful care home owners. It's a difficult and often emotional decision to decide to put a loved one in a care home where their needs can be met.
It's therefore a sad and highly disappointing discovery that in some cases, that decision has brought them to harm.
The Vulnerable Being Abused
Lancashire Police recently discovered that 8 people with dementia were allegedly mistreated whilst staying at Briarwood Rest Home. A police investigation was launched after a district nurse working at the care reported one of the residents being force-fed. The care home closed following allegations of mistreatment in July.
One of the worst examples we could find, was of a 99 year old woman who was allegedly scalded in a hot bath. Those that were cared for in the home were there under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, a law that protects the vulnerable and guards their rights. These rights were violated and disregarded by the owners of the care home leading to horrendous abuse.
This is one of the most extreme cases of vulnerable neglect this year and we'd urge anyone who thinks their relative might be in a similar situation
to get help now. Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
, found that out of the number of cases referred to them for investigation, 45% of alleged abuse took place in a care home.
This type of abuse should not be allowed to carry on. The vulnerable and their families commit to the investment to see them being looked after sufficiently in the care home. In situations like this, it's hard to believe that those who were abused would have paid to stay in such an establishment.
Our specialist team of clinical negligence lawyers deal with all types of elderly abuse claims. We work closely with our clients and their families to discover the facts and the cause of the abuse so as to enable the victim to recover the compensation for the pain, suffering and losses they have incurred. If you suspect that you or your family member has sustained an avoidable injury as a result of elderly abuse in a care home, hospital or any other care setting please call us for an informal chat to see if we can help you pursue the matter further