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Prosecutions “rare” for abuse by home carers

Ben Robinson and Lesley Curwen, BBC News

More than 23,000 allegations of abuse have been made against carers working in people’s homes across the UK. The data comes from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC Radio 4 program. The United Kingdom Homecare Association, which represents 2,000 care companies, described the findings as “horrifying” and blamed cuts to local government budgets.

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Council pays £45,000 to care home patient

ITV Report, UK

Council bosses have agreed to pay a 91-year-old woman £45,000 in damages for being “deprived of her liberty” when staying in a care home. The woman’s son took legal action against Essex County Council, in a case described as “unusual if not unprecedented”, after becoming unhappy about care arrangements he believed were unlawful.

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Family’s spy camera shows Birmingham care home abuse

BBC News, Section from Birmingham and Black Country

A care worker was caught slamming the head of a 77-year-old woman with dementia into a chair on secret CCTV installed by her family. Betty Boylan’s relatives put a camera in her room at Bupa’s Perry Locks home in Birmingham after they found bruises on her, a court heard. Bina Begum, 49, was given a 12-month community order after admitting ill treating and neglecting Mrs Boylan. Bupa Perry Locks said she had been dismissed and her actions were “unacceptable”. Noreen Ashraf, prosecuting, told Birmingham Magistrates’ Court that Mrs Boylan was “left slumped in her chair with significant leaning to her side”. She said: “The complainant does not want to move her arm, and the defendant forces her arm and pushes her back into the chair. The complainant cries out. She slams her back into the chair with significant force to cause the chair to rock.”

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Officials bend rules to reunite couple in their 90s after three weeks apart

Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen

Norman and Mae Davis’ trial by separation ended Wednesday, when the two were reunited at Granite Ridge Community, a long-term care facility in Stittsville. Married in 1945, Norman and Mae, 94 and 91 respectively, had never been apart until this month, when provincial health regulations split them up for what at the time was looking to be at the very least a three-month wait. Instead, those regulations were bent and the couple spend just three weeks apart. “I’m so happy,” said Nancy Burgoin, the couple’s daughter. “Dad was worried that something was going to happen to him before they’d be together again. But we’d take her in to visit each day and it was like they were courting again. He’d sit and hold her hand all the time and tell her how much he loved her and that he could hardly wait for her to be there. It was so sweet, like old times, like they always were.”

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Niagara Falls care home left husband in the dark about wife

Peter Goffin, Staff Reporter, The Toronto Star

For 59 years, Fred Rieser never made a decision without his wife, Alma, by his side. But, when it came time for him to make decisions on his wife’s behalf, with Alma beset by Alzheimer’s and Fred designated to speak for her, he was locked out, he says. the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care has found that Millennium Trail Manor care home in Niagara Falls, ON, failed to involved cognitively impaired resident Alma Rieser’s substitute decision-maker – her husband Fred Rieser – in discussions about her care in the final days of her life. Alma Rieser, 88, died at Millennium Trail Manor in February 2016. Fred Rieser says that in the four days leading up to her death, as Alma suffered symptoms of pneumonia and was given multiple medications, staff never once spoke to him about his wife. In a July 14, 2016 report, the Ministry determined that Millennium Trail Manor was in “non-compliance” with the province’s Long-term Care Homes Act, when it “failed to ensure that the resident’s substitute decision-maker was given an opportunity to participate fully in the development and implementation of the resident’s plan of care.”

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