Man left in care home for five months was denied basic human rights

Nottinghamshire County Council left a man in a care home for five months without having regard for his basic human rights, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found.

The Ombudsman said the man, who lives with dementia, had been unable to return home to his family due to the council not completing a review or assessment despite a change in his circumstances.

The Ombudsman said the council did not complete a mental capacity assessment of the man to find out whether he could understand his situation, make a decision about his care or support, or decide whether he would like to remain in the home. It also failed to assess his capacity to understand and agree to the care home costs.

09 Mar 2021

COVID-19: Care homes allow indoor visits from nominated friends and family

Visitors will have to carry out COVID-19 tests prior to the visits, wear PPE and be asked to keep physical contact to a minimum.

Care home visits from a nominated friend or relative will be permitted in England from today - but hugging and kissing residents is still off limits.

Every care home resident will be able to nominate someone to visit them indoors, while residents with the highest care needs can receive more frequent visits from a loved one who will provide essential care and support.

Visitors will have to carry out COVID-19 tests prior to the visits, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and be asked to keep physical contact to a minimum.

Hugs and kisses will not be allowed to help curb the chance of spreading the virus, but handholding will be permitted, according to the latest visiting guidance by the government.

08 Mar 2021

Care home and boss fined £43,000 over death of 19-year-old Sophie Bennett during chaotic drop in standards

private care home and its manager responsible for a chaotic drop in standards that led to the death of a vulnerable 19-year-old patient have been ordered to pay £43,000 in fines.

Sophie Bennett was receiving mental health treatment at Lancaster Lodge in Richmond when new manager Marilene Jhugroo, 57, took over, overseeing the axing of experienced carers and patients plunged into turmoil.

08 Mar 2021

'Injustice' as man left in Nottinghamshire care home for months

A man was left in a care home for five months without regard for "basic human rights", an investigation has found.

The Nottinghamshire man, who had dementia, was placed in the home for two weeks as respite for his family.

But the county council failed to properly assess whether he could return home, leaving his family with a £15,000 care bill, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said.

The authority has apologised and said it would make improvements.

The ombudsman launched an inquiry after complaints from the man's family.

He was placed in the care home by his wife while she struggled to look after her son, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

04 Mar 2021

The Blackburn care home which has stayed free from coronavirus

A CARE home has revealed how it has stayed Covid-free since the start of the pandemic – as it gets ready to welcome back visitors.

Staff at Higher Bank Care Home in Blackburn are proud to have kept the home free from coronavirus through their extensive care.

The home's 22 residents have not had direct contact with any of their family members, except video calls and seeing them through the window.

Isabel Coughlin, one of the managers, said: “We have been doing things in accordance with the government's guidance. The residents have been shielding all this time.”


04 Mar 2021

Covid-19: Care home resident died after missing Covid-19 jab

A 92-year-old woman died with Covid-19 weeks after she, and other temporary care home residents, were skipped over during the vaccination programme.

Vaccinators came to the County Antrim care home where Dorothy Kane, from Ballymena, was staying on 16 December 2020.

However, a Department of Health policy at that stage meant only permanent residents got the jab.

Dorothy tested positive for Covid-19 on 20 January 2021 and died a week later.

Her daughter Maxine Kane said she was denied the chance to spend precious final hours with mother because of the fact she had contracted the virus.

03 Mar 2021
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