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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

One in five care homes is failing to treat its elderly residents with dignity and respect, according to study by Commission for Social Care Inspection

One in five care homes lacks respect for elderly

Extract from the Telegraph:

"The report by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) found nursing homes where vulnerable pensioners were treated like objects or patronised as if they were children. In some, staff laughed at the disabilities of the elderly or gave them drugs so they would sleep all day.

The survey of 100 care homes also discovered lonely residents who had no one to speak to, and were prevented from walking around the wards by nurses. Referring to the terms of the Human Rights Act, the report concluded: "One in five of the homes we inspected did not meet the requirements of the law in terms of affording people dignity and respect."

The CSCI issued half of the homes it surveyed with "statutory requirements", meaning they must improve their services in order to comply with official regulations. However, the true number of failing care homes is likely to be far greater, as the CSCI focused on those which it had previously rated "good" or "adequate"."