Five nurses were recently sacked from a care home as 5 residents died as a result of neglect, the residents which were aged between 83 and 100 died at the home between the 22nd of July and august 6th in 2006. It has been found that 10 of the residents were also starved and fed only a poor diet of porridge. The neglect only came to light when the 5 elderly patients actually died in the now closed care home. The five nurses whose careers are now impaired, were found guilty of misconduct.
As a result of the mistreatment, several of the OAP’S were found with sores that were so deep their bones were exposed. The way the residents had been treated is definitely a betrayal of trust. Chair of the tribunal Michael Cann has said that the suffering of these residents were a “direct result “of neglect the nurses have caused. He also added that “those people were unable to care for themselves, extremely vulnerable and completely reliant on the registered nurses home.”The panel heard evidence that the pressure sores suffered by the residents were either preventable or should not have progressed to the extreme state had they been provided with adequate care or nourishment,”
Also a number of residents were found to be actually suffering from severe grade four pressure sores which had not been treated correctly and in which case resident’s sores were so deep that tendons/bones were exposed, they were also found to be extremely malnourished, some were also dehydrated and lived in the care home which was described as filthy, run down and filled with faulty or inappropriate equipment to treat the elderly.
A serious case review into the deaths found the causes were “considered to be consistent with the effects of severe neglect.”It is when cases like this one come to light, we then rethink of what we could have done to prevent this, as the elderly patients thought they were in good hands when actually they felt the wrath of people who were meant to care for them and they have failed them considerably which lead to their deaths.
Written By: Kelly Walker